UNEMPLOYMENT UP: The Labor Department said unemployment rates rose in 28 states and Washington, D.C., last month, reflecting a weaker economy hampered by high gas prices and lower factory output.
FEWER DECLINES: Unemployment rates declined in eight states and were flat in 14. That's a change from May, when 24 states reported falling unemployment rates.
LAYOFFS AND WEATHER: Companies are cutting their work forces, governments are slashing budgets and harsh weather has negatively impacted some states. Tennessee and Missouri were hit by flooding and tornadoes, which might have contributed to steep job losses there.