New York (CNNMoney.com) - A total of 30 states and Washington, D.C., reported rising unemployment rates in January, down from the number in the previous month, according to a government report released Wednesday.
Jobless rates decreased in nine states, according to the Labor Department's monthly report on state unemployment. Eleven states reported no change.
In December, 43 states reported monthy jobless rate increases.
Twenty-five states posted jobless rates lower than the national unemployment rate of 9.7% in January. Eleven states and Washington, D.C., reported rates higher than the national average, down from 17 states and Washington, D.C. posting rates higher than the national average of 10% in December.
The report said all 50 states had an unemployment rate in January that was higher than a year earlier.