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Unemployment rates rise in half of U.S. states

WASHINGTON — Unemployment rates rose in more than half of U.S. states last month, the latest evidence that hiring remains tepid across the country. The Labor Department said Friday that rates increased in 26 states. They fell in 12 states ...

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States’ financial woes likely to erode services

WASHINGTON — U.S. states face long-term budget burdens that are already limiting their ability to pay for basic services such as law enforcement, local schools and transportation, a report released Tuesday said. Aging populations and rising health care costs are ...

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Unemployment rates fall in two-thirds of U.S. states

WASHINGTON — The unemployment rate fell in two-thirds of U.S. states last month, evidence that modest economic growth is boosting hiring in most areas of the country. In many states, unemployment has fallen well below the national average, which was ...

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Unemployment rates fall in 29 states

WASHINGTON — Unemployment rates fell last month in most U.S. states, including in some hit hardest during the recession. The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates declined in 29 states and rose in 8. Rates were unchanged in 13 ...

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Feds award health overhaul grants to 10 states

WASHINGTON — Federal officials say another 10 states are getting a total of $230 million to set up new health insurance markets under President Barack Obama’s overhaul. Seven of them — Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, and ...

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