Updated: 08/28/2010 - The national unemployment rate for the month of July was 9.5 percent. According to the United State Department of Labor, 25 states posted jobless rates significantly lower than the U.S.figure. Seven states, however, had measurably higher rates. One of them was Mississippi. For the month of July, Mississippi had a jobless rate of 11.5 percent. That's why Senator Roger Wicker is focusing on job creation.