The Department of Labor announced Thursday that unemployment rates increased in 28 states during the month of June. Eleven states saw their unemployment rates fall, and the unemployment rates were unchanged in 11 states. Washington, D.C.’s unemployment rate did not change.
Red states that saw their unemployment rates rise include: Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska, Kentucky, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah.
Swing states that saw their unemployment rates rise include: Nevada, Missouri, Michigan, New Mexico, Virginia, Ohio, and Colorado.
Blue states that saw their unemployment rates rise include: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Vermont.
Massachusetts saw the largest increase, as its unemployment rate rose from 6.6 percent to 7.0 percent.
According to the report, unemployment rates increased in states because more people who left the workforce started looking for work again as states started to add jobs. California added 30,200 jobs in June, which was the most of any state, and Tennessee lost 16,500 jobs, the most of any state.
Nevada’s 9.6 percent unemployment rate was the highest in the nation while North Dakota’s 3.1 percent was the lowest, according to the report.