Jobless Rates Increased In More Than Half The Country In August

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Friday's unemployment report won't change the fact that hiring is the foremost topic on everyone's mind. 

In August, unemployment rates increased in 26 states — including 11 swing states in this year's election — 12 states remained unchanged and 12 states had decreased rates, according to the BLS report.

The numbers showed Nevada has the highest unemployment rate in the country at 12.1 percent, and North Dakota has the lowest at 3.0 percent.

The national rate is currently 8.1 percent.

As for regional areas, the West continued to have the highest jobless rate at 9.4 percent and the Midwest the lowest with 7.5 percent. 

According to the below graph published by Calculated Risk, New Jersey (9.9 percent) and New York (9.1 percent) are both at the  maximum unemployment rates they had during the height of the recession:


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