... at least since 1976, when records commenced.
Regional and state unemployment rates were nearly all higher in March. Forty-six states recorded over-the-month unemployment rate increases ... In March, the West posted the highest regional jobless rate, 9.8 percent ... Among the nine geographic divisions, the Pacific and East North Central reported the highest unemployment rates in March, 10.8 and 10.0 percent, respectively.
The California and North Carolina rates were the highest on record for those states. (All state series begin in 1976.)
California -- 11.2 percent
I remember that things got bad in 1982. I was gainfully employed through that downturn, but the news on the teevee was bleak for over a year.
I've heard politicians say as recently as a month ago: "Oh, this isn't as bad as the '82 recession." I think they will now have to reassess their earlier position.
We wouldn't be doing our job here if we didn't report how bad things were out in workplace land.
(If you're a student of history, you know that this sort of crap occurred on a regular basis in the 19th century and early twentieth centuries. Boom times were followed by a crash. Then a boom, then another crash. 1870s ... 1890s ... 1920s ... it was kind of monotonous.
Then for a sunny, fifty year-period we had regulations that prevented the banksters from leveraging everything to the hilt, but then the regs were meticulously unravelled ...
And here we are.)