SALEM - Oregon's unemployment rate, which jumped to 9.9 percent in January, now ranks as the fifth-highest in the nation, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data released Wednesday.

Michigan continues to suffer the country's worst employment situation, with its jobless rate climbing to 11.6 percent in January. South Carolina, Rhode Island and California joined Michigan as the only states with more than 10 percent unemployment.

Oregon's unemployment remains by far the worst in the Northwest. Washington saw its jobless rate reach 7.8 percent in January, while Idaho climbed to 6.6 percent.

Wyoming boasts the lowest unemployment rate at just 3.7 percent.

All figures are seasonally adjusted, meaning they're shifted to reflect the normal ups and downs of the economy each year. Oregon's actual unemployment rate is 10.9 percent.

- Eric Florip

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