The unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent in June, it's lowest level since the recession hit. While unemployment may be steadily falling nationwide, these states just can't seem to catch a break. Check out the 20 states with the highest jobless rates as of June 2014, the latest data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
20. (tie) Arkansas -- 6.2 percent
20. (tie) Florida -- 6.2 percent
20. (tie) West Virginia -- 6.2 percent
19. Alaska (tie) -- 6.4 percent
19. (tie) North Carolina -- 6.4 percent
17. (tie) Missouri -- 6.5 percent
17. (tie) New Mexico -- 6.5 percent
14. (tie) New Jersey -- 6.6 percent
14. (tie) New York -- 6.6 percent
14. (tie) Tennessee -- 6.6 percent
13. Connecticut -- 6.7 percent
11. (tie) Alabama -- 6.8 percent
11. (tie) Oregon -- 6.8 percent
10. Arizona -- 6.9 percent
9. Illinois -- 7.1 percent
5. (tie) Georgia -- 7 percent
5. (tie) Washington, D.C. -- 7.4 percent
5. (tie) California -- 7.4 percent
5. (tie) Kentucky -- 7.4 percent
4. Michigan -- 7.5 percent
3. Nevada -- 7.7 percent
1. (tie) Mississippi -- 7.9 percent
1. (tie) Rhode Island -- 7.9 percent
Click here for the full list of unemployment rates by state from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
It was a summer slam in Santa Barbara from what was once Hurricane Marie. Now it has been downgraded to a Tropical Storm, but the force coming in from the Pacific Ocean has roughed up some of our coastline.
A catalytic converter in a passing vehicle is suspected to be the cause of a brush fire that broke out Wednesday afternoon on the Harris Grade, near Lompoc. Firefighters were able to limit the blaze to less than 20 acres.
A Hurricane making its way through the Pacific Ocean is expected to bring high surf and strong currents to Ventura County south and southeast-facing beaches this week. Rescuers are urging the public to be cautious while entering the water, but surfers are enjoying the bigger sets.
Public Health officials across the state and across the border are searching for 24 year old Augustin Zeferino who was diagnosed with a highly contagious and drug resistant form of tuberculosis, or TB, by the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department.