Attention Battleground State Voters

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on July 21, 2012

You may wish to vote your pocketbooks this November:

Unemployment rose in June in six of 10 battleground states that could play a pivotal role in the presidential election, reflecting job cuts in some cases and weak payroll growth in others.

The jobless rate climbed a 10th of a percentage point last month in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Iowa, New Hampshire and Virginia, the Labor Department said in a report released Friday.

The rate held steady in three other battleground states—Nevada, Florida, and North Carolina.

Ohio was the only battleground state where unemployment fell last month.

Nevada’s 11.6% jobless rate remained the highest of any state in the nation. The rates in North Carolina, at 9.4%, Michigan, at 8.6%, and Florida, also at 8.6%, remained stuck above the national average of 8.2%.

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