The Washington Post

Rates in nearly every state are historically high.

Many states saw unemployment in December fall to lows not seen in at least 4.5 years.

Minimum wage and reforming the state's unemployment insurance system could be up first.

In New Jersey, Florida and the District of Columbia, they make up more than 45 percent of the unemployed, according to new data.

A state and county breakdown of how the expiration of emergency aid on Saturday affects the unemployed.

But the state labor recovery remains weak.

Benefits expire on Dec. 28 for some 1.3 million people.

Congress has no plans to extend unemployment benefits, set to expire the week of Dec. 28.

But the nation is still far from enjoying a full jobs recovery.

Ten states still have regions with high unemployment.

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