1. SINKING

    Record-Low Unemployment in States

    Job seekers wait to meet with employers at a career fair in New York City, October 24, 2012. Nationally in the U.S. unemployment rates fell in 41 states from August to September the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in its last look at joblessness before the November 6 election.   REUTERS/Mike Segar   (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT POLITICS SOCIETY) - RTR39IXT

    Mike Segar/Reuters

    The bread line is shortening. It's been 4.5 years since the recession officially ended, but in December unemployment numbers hit the lowest point since the recovery began in 29 states. A few states—Missouri, South Carolina, and Florida—even returned to levels of unemployment unseen since 2008. Despite the promising news, concerns about long-term unemployment and artificial numbers due to workers abandoning the job hunt remain.

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