Most States See Small Decrease in Unemployment in June

June unemployment figures were released today and states are looking a little better than they were in May.  Thirty-nine states experienced a small decrease in unemployment over last month, while five states had increases and six states reported no change in their rates.  New Hampshire had the biggest month-over-month drop, falling .50% from May to 5.9%, while Nevada and Louisiana had the biggest increases, each jumping .20% in a month. 

Nevada also tops the list of states with the highest unemployment rates with 14.2%, followed by Michigan (13.2%), California (12.3%) and Rhode Island (12.0%).  North Dakota had the lowest unemployment rate by far in June with 3.6%, while South Dakota (4.5%) and Nebraska (4.8%) had rates nearly half that of the national average.  The national average dropped from 9.7% in May to 9.5% in June.  National unemployment reached a 10 year peak in October 2009 at 10.1%

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