Illinois' unemployment rate shot up almost half a percentage point in August to 9.9 percent. And state officials are blaming the continuing struggles of the national economy and weak consumer confidence.
Updated 2:46 p.m. with additional contextual information
A newly released report shows that nearly 15 percent of people in Missouri are poor.
The Census Bureau's annual report released Tuesday offers a snapshot of the economic well-being of U.S. households for 2010, when joblessness hovered above 9 percent for a second year.
Nationally, nearly 1 in 6 people were classified as poor.
Meanwhile, the share of Americans without health coverage rose from 16.1 percent to 16.3 percent - or 49.9 million people - after the Census Bureau made revisions to numbers of the uninsured. That is due mostly to continued losses of employer-provided health insurance in the weakened economy.
In Missouri, 14 percent of residents lacked insurance.
But how does today's data compare with the numbers in years prior?