January 27, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) -- State unemployment rates shot up around the country in December, with Indiana and South Carolina racking up the largest monthly increases.
The Labor Department says Indiana's jobless rate soared to 8.2 percent in December from 7.1 percent in November. South Carolina's bolted to 9.5 percent from 8.4 percent.
Each state logged a 1.1 percentage point rise in unemployment from November to December.
The U.S. unemployment rate, issued earlier this month, jumped to a 16-year high of 7.2 percent in December.
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