5 States With The Highest Unemployment Rates

Fresh statistics last week showed that more than half of U.S. states saw the number of jobless workers rise in August compared to July -- yet more evidence that the nation's stagnant employment picture remains stuck in neutral.

Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia reported unemployment rate increases, while 12 states recorded rate decreases, the U.S. Department of Labor reported. The remainder saw their rates unchanged.