Nevada Continues to be State with Highest Stress

California and Arizona were also in the top five in the Associated Press' monthly analysis.

A recent index from the Associated Press shows that consumers in Nevada continue to deal with economic difficulties, including trying to avoid foreclosure or filing bankruptcy.

The organization's June Economic Stress Index again put Nevada at the top of the list of states facing problems. The state posted a score of 21.93, with a mark above 11 indicating an area is experiencing pressure. Other states in the top five included California, at 16.32, and Arizona, which had a grade of 15.13.

California's Imperial County posted one of the highest levels of stress at 31.68. Other areas in that state facing difficulty included Merced, Stanislaus and Sutter counties.

Nevada's Nye County saw a stress level of 24.78, as unemployment there rose to 16.7 percent. Nationally, the jobless mark was 9.5 percent in June.

Meanwhile, there are indications that things could get worse for consumers, as bankruptcies are expected to top last year's levels and foreclosures continue to be at elevated levels

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