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State Numbers Show Employment Struggling To Rebound With Economy

Unemployment rates rose in 21 states last month, fell in 15 states and remained the same in 14, according to statistics released by the Department of Labor on Friday.

Georgia and Idaho suffered the most, with an increase from 9.8 percent to 10.1 percent for the Peach State and a jump from 9.1 percent to 9.4 percent for Idaho.

Michigan and Pennsylvania saw the biggest improvements in the survey. Michigan dropped from 12.8 to 12.4 percent, while Pennsylvania fell from 8.8 to 8.6 percent unemployment.

North Dakota has the lowest unemployment rate of any state at 3.8 percent, while Nevada has the highest rate at 14.3 percent.

Nationally the unemployment rate rose from 9.6 to 9.8 percent in November, despite adding 39,000 jobs.



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