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Miss. jobless rate rises for month, falls for year

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's unemployment rate ticked up to 8.6 percent in December from 8.5 percent in November, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday. Despite the one-month rise, the state's jobless rate still decreased the third-most among states in 2012, in percentage point terms. Only Nevada and Florida fell more than Mississippi's drop of 1.8 percentage points from a 10.4...