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While the unemployment rate is dropping, joblessness is still unusually high in these 19 states Associated Press
Maureen Sanders looks for postings at the Employment Connection Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009, in Parma, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

At the peak of the Great Recession in October 2009, the national unemployment rate sat at 10 percent — the highest the U.S. had seen since June 1983. The past seven years have seen a much-needed steady decline to today’s rate of 5 percent, a welcomed sight for the country’s workforce.

The dropping unemployment rate has been felt nationwide, but at the state level, the results have been more mixed. While each state has seen its unemployment rate improve since October 2009, not all have enjoyed as steep an improvement as others.

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With this in mind, CareerTrends has found the 19 states with the highest unemployment rates. These states all have rates higher than the national average of 5 percent. Data reported is from March 2016 and reflects each state’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate, total employed and total unemployed workers, as shown by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This attempts to “remove the influences of predictable seasonal patterns to reveal how employment and unemployment change from month to month.”

Seven states have unemployment rates above 6 percent, including Southern states Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi — though none of the three have the highest in the country.

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19. Ohio

March 2016 unemployment rate: 5.08 percent
(5.5 million employed; 294,085 unemployed)

18. Wyoming

March 2016 unemployment rate: 5.21 percent
(285,426 employed; 15,688 unemployed)

17. California

March 2016 unemployment rate: 5.35 percent
(18.04 million employed; 1.02 million unemployed)

16. Arizona

March 2016 unemployment rate: 5.36 percent
(3.06 million employed; 173,172 unemployed)

15. Rhode Island

March 2016 unemployment rate: 5.41 percent
(522,909 employed; 29,907 unemployed)

14. North Carolina

March 2016 unemployment rate: 5.48 percent
(4.59 million employed; 265,918 unemployed)

13. Georgia

March 2016 unemployment rate: 5.49 percent
(4.57 million employed; 265,851 unemployed)

12. Kentucky

March 2016 unemployment rate: 5.63 percent
(1.87 million employed; 111,560 unemployed)

11. Connecticut

March 2016 unemployment rate: 5.66 percent
(1.79 million employed; 107,575 unemployed)

10. South Carolina

March 2016 unemployment rate: 5.7 percent
(2.17 million employed; 131,345 unemployed)

9. Washington

March 2016 unemployment rate: 5.77 percent
(3.41 million employed; 208,616 unemployed)

8. Nevada

March 2016 unemployment rate: 5.81 percent
(1.35 million employed; 83,192 unemployed)

7. Louisiana

March 2016 unemployment rate: 6.11 percent
(2.03 million employed; 131,939 unemployed)

6. Alabama

March 2016 unemployment rate: 6.17 percent
(2.04 million employed; 134,280 unemployed)

5. New Mexico

March 2016 unemployment rate: 6.24 percent
(861,338 employed; 57,356 unemployed)

4. Mississippi

March 2016 unemployment rate: 6.26 percent
(1.22 million employed; 81,509 unemployed)

3. Illinois

March 2016 unemployment rate: 6.47 percent
(6.22 million employed; 429,633 unemployed)

2. West Virginia

March 2016 unemployment rate: 6.55 percent
(734,079 employed; 51,410 unemployed)

1. Alaska

March 2016 unemployment rate: 6.6 percent
(337,871 employed; 23,883 unemployed)

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