Special Report

Unemployment Improves Across Country, 12 States Didn't Improve

Mobile, Alabama
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5. Alabama
> 2016 unemployment: 6.0% (tied – 4th highest)
> 2015 unemployment: 6.1% (8th highest)
> Chg. from 2015: -0.1%
> Adults w/ college degree: 24.2% (7th lowest)

Wheeling, West Virginia
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4. West Virginia
> 2016 unemployment: 6.0% (tied – 4th highest)
> 2015 unemployment: 6.8% (tied – the highest)
> Chg. from 2015: -0.8%
> Adults w/ college degree: 19.6% (the lowest)

Aerial view of downtown New Orleans, Louisiana
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3. Louisiana
> 2016 unemployment: 6.1% (3rd highest)
> 2015 unemployment: 6.3% (6th highest)
> Chg. from 2015: -0.2%)
> Adults w/ college degree: 23.2% (4th lowest)

Two seaplanes parked at a harbor, Ketchikan, Alaska
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2. Alaska
> 2016 unemployment: 6.6% (2nd highest)
> 2015 unemployment: 6.4% (tied – 4th highest)
> Chg. from 2015: 0.2%
> Adults w/ college degree: 29.7% (24th highest)

Ghost Ranch, New Mexico
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1. New Mexico
> 2016 unemployment: 6.7% (the highest)
> 2015 unemployment: 6.6% (3rd highest)
> Chg. from 2015: 0.1%
> Adults w/ college degree: 26.5% (13th lowest)