The national unemployment rate rose slightly to 6.7 percent in February, according to the Labor Department.
Check out which states have the lowest employment rates as of January, the latest state figures available.
20. Missouri -- 6.0 percent (no change)
19. West Virginia -- 5.9 percent (down 0.1 percent)
18. Maryland -- 5.8 percent (down 0.3 percent)
17. Texas -- 5.7 percent (down 0.3 percent)
16. Idaho -- 5.4 percent (down 0.2 percent)
15. Montana -- 5.3 percent (down 0.1 percent)
14. Oklahoma -- 5.2 percent (down 0.2 percent)
13. Virginia -- 5.0 percent (down 0.2 percent)
11. (tie) Louisiana -- 4.9 percent (down 0.5 percent)
11. (tie) New Hampshire -- 4.9 percent (down 0.2 percent)
10. Kansas -- 4.8 percent (down 0.1 percent)
9. Minnesota -- 4.7 .percent (no change)
8. Hawaii -- 4.6 percent (down 0.1 percent)
6. (tie) Iowa -- 4.3 percent (up 0.1 percent)
6. (tie) Wyoming -- 4.3 percent (down 0.1 percent)
5. Vermont -- 4.0 percent (down 0.2 percent)
4. Utah -- 3.9 percent (down 0.1 percent)
3. South Dakota -- 3.6 percent (no change)
2. Nebraska -- 3.5 percent (down 0.1 percent)
1. North Dakota -- 2.6 percent (down 0.1 percent)
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