April 16th, 2010
06:40 PM ET

Unemployment rises in 24 states

Nearly half of all U.S. states reported rising unemployment rates in March, the government said Friday, with rates above the national average in 11 states and the District of Columbia.

A total of 24 states suffered jobless rate increases in March, according to the Labor Department's monthly report. But rates declined last month in 17 states and the District of Columbia.

On an annual basis, jobless rates increased in 44 states and D.C. in March. That's down from a total of 46 states in February.

The Labor Department said earlier this month that the nation's economy gained 162,000 jobs in March. But the national unemployment rate held steady at 9.7% for the third month in a row.

Many economists and policymakers expect the nationwide jobless rate to remain elevated for some time to come, even as job growth slowly resumes.

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  1. Unemployed Engineer

    Congrats to all CEOs!! Shipping jobs off to other countries paid off after all didn't it? Everything is made SO SO much cheaper now...my hats off to you!! Too bad though, the people who used to buy them are unemployed now. Well that's ok Mr. CEO, your higher salaries will pay for my healthcare. Now I get free money AND free healthcare. THIS IS GREAT!! More free time for me now. THANKS!!

    April 16, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Calvin Hobbes

    There are still a number of jobs people can get. Just run for Congress, they aren't doing anything.

    April 17, 2010 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. Bethany

    Why are we giving millions to other countriies? "Pakistan" When we need our money here? This is why I hate american politicians and will never ear our flag or be,"patriotic".

    April 17, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  4. nxl

    Money to Pakistan is a way to avoid an expensive war in the future. money well spent if it gets spent the right way. i am more concerned about bailouts which run into hundredes of billions in a year compared to 7.5 billion over 5 years in pakistan.

    April 18, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |