The number of people who have lost their jobs due to the Great Recession has reached its highest level since 2008, the National Employment Law Project (NELP) has found.
The report finds that the unemployment rate in the United States increased by 9.5 percent from November 2016 to the latest month of May, according to NELP.
The national unemployment rate also rose by 1.9 percentage points from the same period last year, the group found.
However, the national unemployment rates in the six states that experienced the worst downturns have increased the most.
Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, Wisconsin and Illinois experienced the most severe downturns, while Louisiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, South Carolina and Indiana have experienced the least.
The most populous U.S. states with the highest rates of unemployment include California, Florida, Illinois, New York and Pennsylvania.
The U.K., where the government has been cutting unemployment benefits and encouraging people to take jobs in sectors such as hospitality, has had the lowest unemployment rate since the Great Depression.
The unemployment rate rose in all but four states and the District of Columbia from the depths of the recession.
A survey released this week by the Economic Policy Institute found that unemployment was rising in the U..
S., with a record-high 8.2 percent unemployment rate for May.
The survey found that 8.6 percent of Americans who have been unemployed for six months or more are unemployed, up from 6.7 percent in February.
The economic recovery has also been uneven in other parts of the world.
In Germany, which had its worst recession since World War II, the unemployment is 8.4 percent, while in France it is 6.6.
In Britain, which experienced its worst downturn since the 1930s, the rate is 5.9 percent, the same as it was before the Great War.