State Job Creation Mediocre In March

Seven states saw their unemployment rates increase in March, countering the trend in most of the nation, the Labor Department said Friday.

The national jobless rate dipped to 7.6% in March from 7.7% in February. The District of Columbia and 26 states posted month-over-month declines on their jobless rates. Seventeen states were unchanged. The seven states posting increases were Delaware, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico and Tennessee.

Nevada had the nation’s highest unemployment rate in March, 9.7% (up from 9.6% in February), as the state struggles from the aftermath of its housing-sector downturn. Illinois was the second-worst, at 9.5%, followed by California and Mississippi at 9.4% each.

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