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A recent report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that more than one in four American males taking part in a longitudinal study had endured at least one period of extended unemployment during their working lives.

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Tennessee, Louisiana and Illinois are the worst states for the jobless. 24/7 Wall St. breaks them and seven other states down by unemployment rate, job growth and the percentage of unemployed who are receiving benefits.

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We’re still crawling out of the deep crater we fell into in 2008 and 2009. The percent of the working-age population now working or actively looking for work is higher than it was, but still near a 30-year low. But at least we’re crawling out.

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The first month of 2012 turned out to be the best in three years in terms of the ongoing unemployment crisis in the U.S. Although 8.3 percent is nothing to get too excited about, it was supposed to tally up at 8.5 percent for January, so we'll take it.

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