The unemployment rate dropped from May to June in 39 states, but joblessness increased in five states, including Louisiana -- still suffering from the BP oil spill -- and in Nevada, where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is in a tough fight for re-election
Nevada, in fact, had the highest unemployment in the nation, 14.2 percent, up .02 from last month, the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics
said. The state has been hit particularly hard by the housing slump and the impact of the weak economy on the gaming industry.
While conditions improved a little across the country from Washington state to Florida -- both saw unemployment drop 0.3 percent -- another 16 states and the District of Columbus still struggled with jobless rates in excess of 10 percent. And 27 states reported declines in payroll employment, the Labor Department said.
(D-Nev.) cheered the advancement Tuesday of legislation extending unemployment benefits
. For many Nevadans, he said on Monday, "unemployment is not just a temporary inconvenience. For far too many, it is an unending emergency." His Republican opponent, conservative Sharron Angle, commented through a spokesman in a Twitter post on her Web site. Angle aide Jerry Stacy said the jobs numbers "highlight a stark reality for Nevadans, that despite the 'influence' of a hometown Senate Majority Leader, the Nevada economy worsens even further under Harry Reid's failed policies."