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24/7 Wall Street: 15 Worst-Run States in America

7. Kentucky

State debt per capita: $3,107 (23rd lowest)
Pct. without health insurance: 15.3 percent (20th highest)
Pct. below poverty line: 18.2 percent (4th highest)
Unemployment: 9.7 percent (13th highest)

Last year, 24/7 Wall St. named Kentucky the worst-run state in the country. The state saw slight improvements in the percentage of its population with high school diplomas and poverty rate. Violent crime dropped significantly — now the 10th-lowest rate in the country, compared to the 17th-lowest last year. Despite these improvements, Kentucky remains one of the poorest states in the country, ranking among the five worst for median income and poverty rate. It is also one of just four states to be awarded an unfavorable AA- credit rating, the third worst score awarded to any state.

(AP Photo/ Darron Cummings)

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The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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