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24/7 Wall St.: America's Poorest States

9. Alabama

- Median income: $42,218
- Poverty rate: 16.1 percent (tied for 9th highest)
- Without health insurance: 14.4 percent (21st highest)
- Unemployment rate: 10.0 percent (10th highest)

Alabama has one of the worst poverty rates in the country. Combined with an unemployment rate of 10 percent and a median income of just $42,000, state residents are in truly awful shape. While unemployment in most of the country has dropped in recent months, it has actually increased in Alabama. State Governor Robert Bentley, acknowledging the dire circumstances state residents face, has begun a “road to economic recovery” campaign aimed at creating jobs in order to pull the state out of depression. In an interview in the Andalusia Star News, Bentley says he hoped to create 10,000 new jobs by the end of the year, but that it would be challenging.

(AP Photo/Dennis Lathem, Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce)

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