Why is this important?
Unemployment rates reflect the diversity of the economy, the availability of jobs, and the availability of workers to fill jobs.
What are the policy implications?
County-level unemployment data are, for the most part, more meaningful to analyze since economic conditions can vary substantially from one part of the state to another.
Other factors to consider:
State New Economy Index - Progressive Policy Institute
Percent Employment in Managerial and Professional Occupations
Percent Employment in Professional, Education, Health, and Social Service Industries
Data sources and related links:
For more detailed data on unemployment rates, visit the US Bureau of Labor Statistics website.