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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:

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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.

left: Detroit

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Unemployment in Utah decreased 1.8 percent over the last year.

Utah has relatively low unemployment, at just under 6 percent.

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Alabama came in third, with unemployment lowering 1.5 percent over the last year.

left: Birmingham, Ala.

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Missouri lowered their unemployment the same amount as Alabama over the last year: 1.5 percent.

left: St. Louis

Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, South Carolina, Washington
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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.

left: Seattle

Arizona and Minnesota
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Arizona and Minnesota decreased their unemployment by 1.2 percent over the last year.

left: Phoenix

No Improvement: New York and Illinois
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Illinois unemployment stayed the same and New York's even increased by .1 percent.

left: New York City

States with Over 10 Percent Unemployment
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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.