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One in every seven U.S. drivers is uninsured, according to data recently released by the Insurance Research Council, a figure it links directly to the Great Recession.

In 2009, the states with the most and least uninsured drivers were:



Most uninsured

| Uninsured

| Jobless rate |

Fewest uninsured

| Uninsured |

Jobless rate

Mississippi

28%

10.4%

Maine

4.5%

7.7%

New Mexico

26%

6.7%

Massachusetts

4.5%

7.6%

Florida

24%

10.7%

New York

5%

8.0%

Oklahoma

24%

5.5%

Pennsylvania

7%

7.8%

Tennessee

24%

9.8%

Vermont

7%

5.7%



(See the full 50-state list of uninsured-driver rates.)



"The leveling trend in the percentage of uninsured motorists is an unfortunate consequence of the economic downturn and illustrates how virtually everyone is affected by recent economic developments," said Elizabeth A. Sprinkel, senior vice president of the IRC.

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