While some states have moved forward and even experienced the beginning of an economic recovery, the residents of these 10 states are still dealing with uncharacteristically high levels of unemployment.
[InvestingAnswers Feature: 10 U.S. States with the Lowest Unemployment Rates]
The states with the highest unemployment rates have a few things in common. For the most part, these states were hit hardest when the housing bubble burst. Also, many of these states have economies that are dependent on manufacturing. Major slowdowns in the auto and construction industries have left these states struggling.
Here are the 10 states with the highest levels of unemployment.
* Unemployment numbers are for July 2011 and are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.