Record-Low Unemployment in States

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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.