The majority of states in the U.S. experienced an increase in unemployment, according to recently released figures from the Labor Department.
The Associated Press reports that jobless rates in 27 states were higher in June than the month before, showing that hiring continues to weaken in many regions. Only 11 states and Washington, D.C., saw unemployment rates fall, marking the lowest number since August The state with the highest jobless figure is Nevada at 11.6 percent, likely suffering setbacks from a lack of tourism during the weak economy. South Dakota has the lowest rate at 2.9 percent, trailed by Nebraska at 3.8 percent.
The increase comes despite the fact that 29 states added jobs during June, higher than the 27 doing so in May. The source reports that unemployment can rise when more people start looking for jobs.
"Given seasonal adjustment challenges relating to annual summer shutdowns in the auto industry, the information value of claims is limited right now,” said Jim O’Sullivan, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics, in an interview with the source. "The data should become 'clean' again in the next couple of weeks."
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