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State Unemployment Worst in Nevada, Lowest in North Dakota

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Nevada continues to have the highest unemployment rate in the nation at 12 percent, according to state data for July released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Rounding out the top three are Rhode Island and California, with rates of 10.8 and 10.7 percent, respectively.

North Dakota has the lowest jobless rate at 3 percent while the national unemployment rate stands at 8.3 percent.

Twenty-three states have unemployment rates significantly lower than the U.S. average while eight states have much higher rates.  Nineteen states and Washington, D.C., have rates that are about the same as the national average.

Here are the latest unemployment figures in states key to this year’s presidential election:

  • Nevada --  12%
  • North Carolina -- 9.6%
  • Florida --  8.8%
  • Colorado  --  8.3%
  • Wisconsin  --  7.3%
  • Ohio --  7.2%
  • Virginia --  5.9%
  • New Hampshire --  5.4%
  • Iowa --   5.3%

See the full list of state unemployment rates here.

It is worth nothing that while this report indicates unemployment, underemployment – that is, unemployment including people who want a job but have given up looking, or who want full-time work but have settled for part time – is significantly higher. Those figures are released on a quarterly basis for the states, and the last report was released late last month. See those figures here.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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