Thirty-nine states, District of Columbia had employment rate decreases in December from November, two states had increases, nine states unchanged; year-over-year, jobless rates fell in 42 states, District of Columbia, rose in three states: Dept. of Labor

WASHINGTON , January 28, 2014 (press release) – Regional and state unemployment rates were generally lower in December. Thirty-nine states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rate decreases from November, two states had increases, and nine states had no change, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Forty-two states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rate decreases from a year earlier, six states had increases, and two states had no change. The national jobless rate declined to 6.7 percent from November and was 1.2 percentage points lower than in December 2012.

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