Mar 19, 2013 at 7:13 am
The Labor Department's latest breakdown of unemployment figures by state finds the jobless rate increased in 25 states in January, and fell in only 8. California and Rhode Island reported the highest state unemployment rates, at 9.8 percent. The lowest was North Dakota at 3.3 percent, thanks to an oil and gas boom. Nationally, the unemployment rate ticked up in January to 7.9 percent. It dropped in February to a four-year low of 7.7 percent. Minnesota was at 5.6 percent.