Aug 17, 2012 03:04 PM EDT

Unemployment Rates Increased In 44 States: Stats Could Prove To Be A Problem For Obama As Election Date Moves Closer

 According to the Labor Department any possible increase in employment is beginning to look uncertain as unemployment has risen in 44 states in July.

Battleground states that support President Barack Obama, are included in the 44 states where unemployment rates have increased; this could pose a threat to the president's re-election bid in less than three months.

The national unemployment is currently at 8.3 percent, although hiring did slightly increase during July. Monthly job gains have averaged 150,000 this year. That number has not made a dent in unemployment and is why the rate has stayed at a steady 8 percent range.

31 states gained jobs in July, while 19 lost them. Unemployment rates can rise in a state even when more jobs are created if more people start looking for work. People who are out of work are counted as unemployed only if they're looking for a job.

As of now, Nevada has the highest unemployment rate in the nation.

And in Michigan, the rate has increased to 9%, from 8.5% two months earlier.

Unemployment also increased in Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Colorado, Wisconsin and New Hampshire.

Some battleground states reported large job gains that could lead to lower unemployment rates in coming months. Michigan added 21,800 jobs, the second-largest increase in the nation, after California. Michigan's gains were mostly in manufacturing and government. Virginia reported the third-largest increase, 21,300, mainly in education and health care.

Most other battleground states added small numbers of jobs.

After all the numbers are punched in and calculated, the economy hasn't been growing at a fast rate and should not be expected to.

When Obama gave his first speech in Chicago, after he was announced as the next United States President, he mentioned that fixing things that were broken was not going to be overnight and was not going to be an overnight fix. He has been true to his words.

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