The Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed the 12-month changes in unemployment for each state from Jan. 2011 to Jan. 2012. There were only a few states that didn't decrease their unemployment over that time. Source: bls.gov
Michigan's unemployment decreased by 1.9 percent in the past year.
The state still has very high unemployment however, at 9 percent as of Jan. 2012.
Unemployment in Utah decreased 1.8 percent over the last year.
Utah has relatively low unemployment, at just under 6 percent.
Alabama came in third, with unemployment lowering 1.5 percent over the last year.
left: Birmingham, Ala.
Missouri lowered their unemployment the same amount as Alabama over the last year: 1.5 percent.
left: St. Louis
All these states lowered in unemployment by 1.3 percent over the last year.
Most of these states still suffer from unemployment around 9 percent.
Arizona and Minnesota decreased their unemployment by 1.2 percent over the last year.
Illinois unemployment stayed the same and New York's even increased by .1 percent.
left: New York City
Nevada leads the way with 12.7 percent unemployment.
California and Rhode Island are next with abut 11 percent, and North Carolina has 10.2 percent unemployment.
left: Oakland, Calif.