It won't be a surprise to most of you-
14. New Jersey
12. West Virginia
10. New Mexico
8. Rhode Island
6. South Carolina
5. Nevada - highest unemployment rate
2. Illinois - Illinois has fallen from 43rd last year to the overall second-worst run state in the country. The state performs poorly in most categories, but is worst when it comes to its credit rating. Illinois has a credit rating of A+, the second worst given to any state, behind only California. The state has been on credit watch since 2008 because of budget shortfalls and legal challenges against then-governor Rod Blagojevich.
State debt per capita: $3,660 (21st highest)
Pct. without health insurance: 18.5 percent (8th highest)
Pct. below poverty line: 14.5 percent (tied for 21st highest)
Unemployment: 11.9 percent (2nd highest)
California has moved down one slot on from last year to earn the title of the worst-run state in the country. In the fiscal year 2009, the state spent $430 billion, roughly 14 percent of all the money spent by states in that year. Compared to its revenue, the state spent too much — California had the 10th lowest revenue per person, and spent the 15th most per person. California is the only state in the country to be rated A-, the lowest rating ever given to a state by SnP. Despite the huge amount the state spends each year, conditions remain poor. California has the second-lowest percentage of adults with a high school diploma in the country, the second-highest foreclosure rate and is tied for the second highest unemployment rate in the U.S.