In April, the national unemployment rate rose from 8.8% to 9.0%, but oddly the unemployment rate only increased in three states. Even though most states saw improvement, some did much better than others. For example, Nevada's unemployment rate fell by 0.7%, while Mississippi's rose by 0.2%. Throughout the past year, as unemployment began to slowly decline, we've seen an uneven recovery among states.
Here's a chart showing some selected states that have suffered from very high unemployment rates over the past few years, through the April data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (you should really click on it to see a bigger version, as 590 pixels doesn't do it justice):
You can see that the unemployment rates of some of the states that suffered the most -- like Michigan and Nevada -- have declined pretty significantly from their highs. Of course, each of these states still has relatively high unemployment rates, just not nearly as high as they were.
Meanwhile, other states -- like California, Rhode Island, and Georgia -- aren't faring nearly as well. They've seen some decline over the past few months, but their unemployment rates haven't seen a dramatic fall like some others.