Disconnect between stimulus funds and unemployment by state

While the unemployment rates varied from 3.6 percent to 14.2 percent as of June 2010, the distribution of stimulus funds available by state didn't reflect the job needs in these states. Nevada, which has the highest unemployment rate in the nation, received $1,199 per capita from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act while North Dakota, which has the lowest rate, received $1,537. The map below illustrates the highest and lowest unemployment rates and per capita stimulus funds by state.
Source: Medill analysis, Bureau of Labor Statistics, recovery.gov, Credit: Alice Truong

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