<p>WASHINGTON – Overall, 18 states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rates above the national average of 4.8% in 2001. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Washington State registered the highest jobless rate, 6.4%, in 2001. Washington was closely followed by Alaska and Oregon at 6.3% each, and Louisiana, 6.0%. Four other states, plus the District of Columbia, had annual average unemployment rates of 5.5% or above in 2001. The District of Columbia's rate of 6.5%.</p>

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