Unemployment rose in 44 states in July

In July, jobless rates increased in 44 U.S. states—the most states to show a monthly increase in more than three years, according to www.usatoday.com.

Unemployment fell in two states compared with 11 states in June; it was unchanged in four states. However, 31 states added jobs in July compared with 29 states in June.

Unemployment rates can rise when jobs are created because people who are out of the work force start looking for jobs.

Nevada had the highest unemployment rate in July at 12 percent, followed by Rhode Island at 10.8 percent and California at 10.7 percent. North Dakota had the lowest unemployment rate at 3 percent, followed by Nebraska at 4 percent and South Dakota at 4.4 percent.

Date : 8/31/2012