California still has second-highest unemployment in U.S.


California’s unemployment rate fell to 11.1% in December from 11.3% the previous month, but the state didn’t budge from second place for the worst joblessness in the nation.

Only the neighboring state of Nevada posted a higher rate with 12.6%, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday.

Other states in the worst five were Rhode Island with 10.8%, Michigan with 10.5% and the District of Columbia with 10.4%.


North Dakota posted the lowest unemployment rate at 3.3%, followed by Nebraska at 4.1%, South Dakota at 4.1%, Minnesota at 5.7% and Utah at 6%.

In all, unemployment decreased in 37 states and the District of Columbia, three states had increases and 10 remained unchanged, the bureau said.

The largest month-over-month hike in the number of jobs created in December was in Texas with 20,200 and California with 10,700.


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