Unemployment rates in 36 states and the District of Columbia remained elevated in 2015 compared with their 2007 levels.

Wall Street Journal staffer Ben Leubsdorf reports on Labor Department data that says the average annual unemployment rates in 36 states plus D.C. in 2015 were higher than the average unemployment rate for those states in 2007. Meaning, recovery still has a long ways to go in a lot of places. Leubsdorf writes:

Unemployment rates in just 14 states had returned to or fallen below their 2007 averages in 2015: Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Vermont and Wisconsin.

Unemployment rates are improving in most states, except West Virginia. But the going is slow.

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