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Michigan again experienced the highest unemployment rate among states at 7.6% in December. It was followed by Mississippi at 6.8% and South Carolina at 6.6%.
Nebraska posted the largest month-over-month increase in employment, up 0.7%. Kansas registered the largest month-over-month decrease in employment, down 0.4%.
Year-over-year, 36 states registered increases in their unemployment rates in December, 12 states and the District of Columbia posted decreases, and two states were unchanged.