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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.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
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.

Reid (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."

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tnickerson08

jobless rates drop in 39 states but yet the democrats call the extention of unemployment an emergency? So is the economy turning around or are their claims just political pandering? I think this heatwave isn't global warming; it's just all the hot air from obama and biden.

July 20 2010 at 11:31 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
wolfsonnydiane

The stock markets up we have health care reform banking reform wallstreet reform peaple are starting to find jobs as my two sons just have inspite of the republican obstructionist

July 20 2010 at 10:34 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
ellingt5

We can no longer trust how these figures are complied. They tend to get "adjusted", do not included self-employed who are losing their businesses or those that have given up. This country is in dire straits and until that is treated honestly and we start working together instead of the political infighting, we will not improve.

July 20 2010 at 9:24 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply
stheel4

The same Labor Department that set up toll free lines for Illegal Aliens to call and complain if they are not receiving at least minimum wage a couple of weeks back , now uses fuzzy math to say jobless rates have fallen...which is code for millions of Americans no longer being eligable for unemployment. Open your eyes people.

July 20 2010 at 8:35 PM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply
andrc657

The stimulus plan is working.

July 20 2010 at 7:59 PM Report abuse -9 rate up rate down Reply
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ellingt5

Are you kidding me? Have you driven around any city in America today? Businesses are closing at record rates. Those are jobs. They result in historic home foreclosures and bankruptcies. Food banks are literally running out of food. Get out of your ivory tower and start talking to real people.

July 20 2010 at 9:29 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
andrc657

It is true that the republicans left the country in a terrible mess. What you describe is certainly the way things were when Obama took office. Slowly things are improving and we need a little patience.

July 20 2010 at 10:09 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
katydid579

So, the jobless rate DROPS in THIRTY NINE states. Now, that sounds like GOOD news. Too bad some people will try to spin that into something bad.

July 20 2010 at 7:47 PM Report abuse -9 rate up rate down Reply
WHO EVER WHAT EV

Labor dept also said the reason for the drop is because of people giving up looking for work.

July 20 2010 at 6:47 PM Report abuse +11 rate up rate down Reply
edaraya

What is the number of unemployed illegals currently?. They lost their jobs in construction, some farming, cleaning services, etc...Does anyone have a number?

July 20 2010 at 6:41 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
exitar01

Uh-oh, unemployment seems to be going down. Just in time for the November elections. The economy is improving even if it is doing so slowly. We have a better reputaion around the world. One war down one more to go. Unemployment benefits extended. Helathcare passed. Financial reform passed. Oil leak plugged. I wish that the Republicans would climb on baord and help more. They have the insight, the fiscal witherall and leverage to get this spending and budget under control and reall send this economy flying. Can someone tell me why they are waiting to do what Republicans do best...before GW Bush anyway?

July 20 2010 at 5:05 PM Report abuse -10 rate up rate down Reply

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