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Dec. jobless rates down in 19 states, up in 12; payroll jobs up in 15 states, down in 11


In December, unemployment rates were lower in 19 states, higher in 12 states and the District of Columbia, and stable in 19 states. Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 15 states, decreased in 11 states, and was essentially unchanged in 24 states and the District.
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Dec. jobless rates up over the year in 379 of 389 metro areas; payroll jobs down in 232


Jobless rates were higher in December than a year earlier in 379 of the 389 metropolitan areas, lower in 7, and unchanged in 3. Nonfarm payroll employment was down in 232 metropolitan areas over the year, up in 2, and essentially unchanged in 155.
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Unemployment rates up and employment-population ratios down in all states in 2020


Annual average unemployment rates increased in all 50 states and the District of Columbia in 2020. Employment-population ratios decreased in all 50 states and the District.


Caution: data in many archived news releases have been revised in subsequent releases.