With the unemployment rate holding steady at a 50-year low, the American economic engine is expanding. Despite some signs of slowing down, the economic recovery since the 2008 recession has been working largely in favor of the American public. However, not every state has been able to partake in the economic expansion. In the graph below, see how your state compares to the national unemployment rates since 2008. Select a state from the dropdown menu below to compare.
Even though the national unemployment level is at 3.7 percent, the graph above shows that there are at least 10 states with numbers higher than the national average, with the nation’s capital being almost 2 points higher.