No swing state sees a better unemployment rate


July was rough for the battleground states in the presidential election, making it a tough month for the Obama campaign, too.

For the White House, July was a particularly bad month for unemployment reports.

Not a single battleground state saw its unemployment rate drop last month, according to figures released Friday. All but one saw increases. Nevada crossed back into the 12 percent range, and Florida began flirting with 9 percent again.

July was a tough month in general for unemployment. The national rate crept up from 8.2 percent to 8.3 percent, and 44 states saw gains, too.

The interactive chart above includes an unemployment “score” that measures each state’s raw change from June to July, and the ratio to the original June unemployment rate.

Ohio fared best in that score as the only swing state to see its unemployment rate stay flat in July.

New Hampshire finished last. Its unemployment rate only increased a third of a point, but that’s a big jump when starting with June’s 5.1 percent unemployment rate.

The Miami Herald’s Economic Time Machine tracks 60 local indicators in an effort to chart South Florida’s recovery from the Great Recession. By comparing current conditions to where they were before the downturn, the ETM attempts to measure how far back the recession set the economy. The answer so far: June 2003. Visit ETM headquarters at for the latest updates.

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