05/19/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Unemployment Rate Climbs In 46 States, With California At 11.2 Percent

California and North Carolina in March posted their highest jobless rates in at least three decades, as unemployment increased in all but a handful of states during the month, the Labor Department said Friday.

California's unemployment rate jumped to 11.2% in March, while North Carolina rose to 10.8%, the highest for both since the U.S. government began a comprehensive tally of state joblessness in 1976.

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