Unemployment rose in 28 states in July

In July, jobless rates increased in more than half the states for the second consecutive month, reflecting weak job growth across the U.S., according to The Washington Post.

Unemployment rose in 28 states, fell in nine and was unchanged in 13. This is similar to June when unemployment rose in 28 states, dropped in eight and was unchanged in 14.

Although the national unemployment rate dropped from 9.2 percent in June to 9.1 percent in July, hiring has slowed significantly this year from 215,000 net jobs per month from February through April to 72,000 per month from May through July.

New York reported the biggest job gain in July, adding 29,400 jobs. Illinois reported the biggest loss, losing 24,900 jobs.

Nevada had the highest unemployment rate in July at 12.9 percent, followed by California at 12 percent. North Dakota had the lowest unemployment rate at 3.3 percent, followed by Nebraska at 4.1 percent.

Date : 8/23/2011