A growing number of states are suffering double-digit unemployment rates, fueling fears that the national jobless rate could hit 10 percent by the end of the year. In January, jobless rates rose in almost every state and the District of Columbia. Two of the states that received the highest rates of unemployment were Oregon and South Carolina.
Joining The Takeaway to discuss their concerns are Ethan Lindsey, reporter for Oregon Public Broadcasting
, and Noelle Phillips, an economics and business reporter for The State
newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina.
"A lot of industries were hanging on to see if things were going to turn around, and when it didn't look like that was going to happen, the axe fell."
— Oregon Public Broadcasting reporter Ethan Lindsey on the drastic rise in unemployment in Oregon