Just a few months ago we were telling you about silver linings in the jobs market, but these days those are almost impossible to find. And, a new report from the Labor Department doesn't help.
Unemployment rates rose in more than half the states in August - for the third straight month. Only 12 states reported an improving picture.
The story is the worst in Nevada. It has the highest unemployment in the nation - the rate jumped a half a percent just from July to nearly 13.5%! Despite being home to one of the hottest tourist destinations in the country, foreclosures are rampant and the construction industry at a standstill.
The same can be said for California and Michigan - with similarly high unemployment rates.
It's not all bad news - thanks to booming oil and manufacturing industries - North Dakota continues to have the lowest unemployment rate at 3.5%.
Nebraska and South Dakota are not far behind. Due to the ongoing cuts at state and local governments - New York, Georgia and Washington D.C. reported the biggest job losses.
Minnesota posted the biggest job gain in August, hiring more than 28,000 people. But that's a bit misleading, since most of those jobs were workers who were temporarily laid off during the government shutdown in July.
The bottom line: too many people are still without jobs. And worse, many aren't even looking for one anymore.
As we debate a host of issues in D.C. and state capitols across the country, we can't lose sight of the goal: putting Americans back to work, and therefore our economy back on track.
Gerri Willis joined Fox Business Network (FBN) in March of 2010. Willis is an anchor and personal finance reporter for the network.