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Unemployment trends in swing states, at a glance

By The Associated Press
April 22, 2012
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Nine of the 14 swing states have an unemployment rate lower than the national average.
State March 2012 unemployment rate Recent peak unemployment rate and date Electoral votes
Iowa 5.2% 6.3% November 2010 6
New Hampshire 5.2% 6.7% January 2010 4
Virginia 5.6% 7.3% January 2010 13
Minnesota 5.8% 8.3% June 2009 10
Wisconsin 6.8% 9.2% January 2010 10
New Mexico 7.2% 8.0% October 2010 5
Pennsylvania 7.5% 8.7% March 2010 20
Ohio 7.5% 10.6% January 2010 18
Colorado 7.8% 9% November 2010 9
USA 8.2% 10.0% October 2009
Michigan 8.5% 14.2% August 2009 16
Arizona 8.6% 10.6% December 2009 11
Florida 9.0% 11.4% February 2010 29
North Carolina 9.7% 11.4% February 2010 15
Nevada 12.0% 14.0% October 2010 6

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