Right to work states, unemployment figures, and population increases
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State Right
to
work
Unemployment
Nov
2008
Rank
Unemployment
Nov
2008
%
Unemployment
Nov
2009
Rank
Unemployment
Nov
2009
%
Jul
2009
population
Apr
2000
population
Population
increase
Population
increase
rank
Population
increase
%
Population
increase %
rank
Alabama 1 22 6.2 12 10.5 4,708,708 4,447,100 261,608 25 5.88 30
Alaska   16 6.8 23 8.7 698,473 626,932 71,541 41 11.41 14
Arizona 1 18 6.4 21 8.9 6,595,778 5,130,632 1,465,146 5 28.56 2
Arkansas 1 30 5.5 33 7.4 2,889,450 2,673,400 216,050 29 8.08 20
California   3 8.3 3 12.3 36,961,664 33,871,648 3,090,016 2 9.12 19
Colorado   31 5.4 39 6.9 5,024,748 4,301,261 723,487 9 16.82 7
Connecticut   19 6.3 28 8.2 3,518,288 3,405,565 112,723 33 3.31 40
Delaware   28 5.6 25 8.5 885,122 783,600 101,522 35 12.96 12
Florida 1 9 7.2 6 11.5 18,537,969 15,982,378 2,555,591 3 15.99 9
Georgia 1 12 7.1 14 10.2 9,829,211 8,186,453 1,642,758 4 20.07 4
Hawaii   37 4.9 37 7 1,295,178 1,211,537 83,641 38 6.9 27
Idaho 1 28 5.8 20 9.1 1,545,801 1,293,953 251,848 26 19.46 5
Illinois   15 6.9 8 10.9 12,910,409 12,419,293 491,116 15 3.95 35
Indiana   14 7 16 9.6 6,423,113 6,080,485 342,628 20 5.63 31
Iowa 1 43 4.3 40 6.7 3,007,856 2,926,324 81,532 39 2.79 42
Kansas 1 39 4.8 46 6.3 2,818,747 2,688,418 130,329 32 4.85 34
Kentucky   9 7.2 10 10.6 4,314,113 4,041,769 272,344 24 6.74 29
Louisiana 1 34 5.3 40 6.7 4,492,076 4,468,976 23,100 46 0.52 48
Maine   22 6.2 30 8 1,318,301 1,274,923 43,378 44 3.4 39
Maryland   36 5.1 33 7.4 5,699,478 5,296,486 402,992 17 7.61 23
Massachusetts   24 6.1 22 8.8 6,593,587 6,349,097 244,490 27 3.85 36
Michigan   1 9.6 1 14.7 9,969,727 9,938,444 31,283 45 0.31 50
Minnesota   24 6.1 33 7.4 5,266,214 4,919,479 346,735 19 7.05 25
Mississippi 1 8 7.4 16 9.6 2,951,996 2,844,658 107,338 34 3.77 37
Missouri   16 6.8 18 9.5 5,987,580 5,595,211 392,369 18 7.01 26
Montana   37 4.9 44 6.4 974,989 902,195 72,794 40 8.07 21
Nebraska 1 47 3.6 49 4.5 1,796,619 1,711,263 85,356 37 4.99 33
Nevada 1 5 8 3 12.3 2,643,085 1,998,257 644,828 10 32.27 1
New Hampshire   45 4.1 40 6.7 1,324,575 1,235,786 88,789 36 7.18 24
New Jersey   19 6.3 15 9.7 8,707,739 8,414,350 293,389 22 3.49 38
New Mexico   40 4.6 32 7.8 2,009,671 1,819,046 190,625 30 10.48 17
New York   19 6.3 24 8.6 19,541,453 18,976,457 564,996 12 2.98 41
North Carolina 1 7 7.5 9 10.8 9,380,884 8,049,313 1,331,571 6 16.54 8
North Dakota 1 49 3.2 50 4.1 646,844 642,200 4,644 50 0.72 46
Ohio   12 7.1 10 10.6 11,542,645 11,353,140 189,505 31 1.67 45
Oklahoma 1 42 4.4 37 7 3,687,050 3,450,654 236,396 28 6.85 28
Oregon   6 7.8 7 11.1 3,825,657 3,421,399 404,258 16 11.82 13
Pennsylvania   24 6.1 25 8.5 12,604,767 12,281,054 323,713 21 2.64 43
Rhode Island   2 9.1 2 12.7 1,053,209 1,048,319 4,890 49 0.47 49
South Carolina 1 4 8.2 3 12.3 4,561,242 4,012,012 549,230 14 13.69 10
South Dakota 1 48 3.4 48 5 812,383 754,844 57,539 42 7.62 22
Tennessee 1 9 7.2 13 10.3 6,296,254 5,689,283 606,971 11 10.67 16
Texas 1 31 5.4 30 8 24,782,302 20,851,820 3,930,482 1 18.85 6
Utah 1 46 3.8 46 6.3 2,784,572 2,233,169 551,403 13 24.69 3
Vermont   34 5.3 44 6.4 621,760 608,827 12,933 47 2.12 44
Virginia 1 40 4.6 43 6.6 7,882,590 7,078,515 804,075 7 11.36 15
Washington   24 6.1 19 9.2 6,664,195 5,894,121 770,074 8 13.07 11
West Virginia   43 4.3 27 8.4 1,819,777 1,808,344 11,433 48 0.63 47
Wisconsin   31 5.4 28 8.2 5,654,774 5,363,675 291,099 23 5.43 32
Wyoming 1 50 3.1 36 7.2 544,270 493,782 50,488 43 10.22 18