"Underemployment" Tops 20 Percent in Three States

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama said in his State of
the Union that "one in 10 Americans still cannot find work." But
in nine states the figure is closer to one in five.

The official unemployment rate of 10 percent doesn't include
people who are working part-time but would prefer full-time work,
or the unemployed who have given up looking for work.

When those groups are included, the devastation in many parts of
the country is clear: Michigan's so-called "underemployment" rate
was 21.5 percent in 2009, the highest in the nation. California's
was 21.1 percent, while Oregon's was 20.7 percent.

Nationwide, the underemployment rate was 17.3 percent in
December, just below the 17.4 percent reached in October, the
highest on records dating from 1994.

In South Carolina, Nevada, and Rhode Island the underemployment
rate is above 19 percent. And in Arizona, Florida and Tennessee
it's above 18 percent.

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