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The 10 Worst States for the Unemployed

By Bloomberg Rankings and Nikhil Hutheesing - 2013-05-09T20:53:57Z

Photograph by Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg

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No. 1 District of Columbia 

Unemployment rate: 8.5%
Benefit as a percentage of income: 20.68%
Wealth disparity ratio: 1.07

The nation’s capital is the worst place to be if you're jobless, by this ranking and reckoning. Washington, D.C., has an unemployment rate of 8.5 percent. While the federal government employs some 140,000 workers, and the defense industry thousands more, the government shed 2,900 jobs from March 2012 to March 2013. (On a happier note, the education and health services sectors added about 8,500 jobs.) D.C. compensates those without an income at 20.6 percent of wages -- less than any of the states. Worth noting is that while the unemployment situation is dire, Washington, D.C., along with Oregon and New Jersey, doesn't allow employers to discriminate against those who have been unemployed for more than six months.