Group Items in Excel Chart

The following is an article on grouping like items in a chart.  In essence having a parent label in the X axis and its associated child.  The way to do this is simple enough, it is all about how you set up your data.  If you separate the elements in the data set the chart falls neatly into the format we are trying to achieve.  The following is an example of the data table and how it needs to be set up.

After the table is set up as the table is set up above simply highlight the table and select the Insert Menu.

On the Insert Menu - Choose a column chart and the 2D Column.  It is the first chart in the list of column charts.  This should produce the following chart (with more generic colouring).

Each of the items are separated into the categories for the state.  The following Excel file give you a sample.