luckyoliver-1127573-medium-job_hunting1.jpgIts looking like a 3 steps forward, 2.9 steps back kind of month for unemployment in July. The U.S Department of Labor reports that unemployment fell in 17 states for July. Among some of the highest drops were New York, Oregon, Minnesota, and Vermont, which fell to 6.8 percent unemployment from 7.3. The Labor Department also reports that 21 states added jobs in July, compared with only 10 in June.

Though 17 states dropped their unemployment rates, 26 states saw theirs increase. California remains one of the leading states in unemployment, lagging behind only Nevada, Rhode Island, and undisputed joblessness champ Michigan. In July, California’s unemployment climbed to 11.9 percent, a stark contrast from the 7.3 percent figure of last year. The U.S Department of Labor reports that 87,000 Californians lost their jobs last month.

Oddly enough, despite 26 states losing jobs, national joblessness fell to 9.4 percent from 9.5. In times like these I’m willing to take a .1% silver lining.

Fortunately, joblessness doesn’t have to be the end of your world. Check out Broke Ass Stuart’s guide to unemployment and find out how you can master the culinary arts, revitalize your sex life, and increase nap time all without ever going to the office.

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