(THE HILL) Unemployment rates are rising in energy-producing states amid a global price slide in commodities, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.
Seven states saw their unemployment rates rise significantly over the last month: Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Missouri, New Mexico, Oregon and South Dakota.
Three states — Alabama, Illinois and North Carolina — saw their unemployment rates fall. Twenty states have unemployment rates significantly below the 4.9 percent national average, while 14 states and the District of Columbia have rates higher than the national rate.
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