10 U.S. States with the Lowest Unemployment Rates

Though doom and gloom make the headlines, a number of states largely escaped the devastation brought on by the Great Recession. These remarkably stable state economies have carried on with "business as usual," and they have reported unemployment numbers well below the U.S. jobless rate of 9.1%. 

These states with low unemployment rates have a few things in common. First, they were least affected by the housing bubble, since the home prices in these states didn’t rise as quickly as in many parts of the U.S. during the housing boom. 

Second, their economies relied on natural resources to help see them through the recession. Commodities like oil, gas and agriculture saw rising prices over the last decade leading to increased revenues for these commodity-producing states.

No one would argue that times are tough for a lot of Americans, but most citizens in these 10 states are keeping their jobs and living well. Here are the 10 U.S. States with the lowest unemployment rates.

* Unemployment numbers are for July 2011 and are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.