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.
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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