The number of U.S. public school students who were homeless rose 8% in the 2012-13 school year from the prior year, to a record 1.2 million, according to the Education Department. Thirty-four states and the District of Columbia reported increases.
Thirty-nine states and the District of Columbia added jobs last month, and the unemployment rate dropped in 43 states, the U.S. Labor Department says. Texas and California saw the strongest payroll gains. South Dakota and Alabama were the only two states in which the unemployment rate increased.
The unemployment rate dropped in 39 states in December, the Labor Department says. Thirty states added jobs, led by Texas, which saw its jobless rate fall to 6%. Rhode Island had the highest unemployment rate at 9.1%, while North Dakota had the lowest at 2.6%.
Unemployment rates increased in 28 states in July while decreasing in eight states, the Labor Department says. Nationally, the unemployment rate dropped to 7.4% last month, the lowest level since December 2008.
The Labor Department has released promising economic news confirming that businesses and other employers added jobs in 41 states in October -- the highest number in five months -- but the overall unemployment rate remained at 9.6%. The number of workers unable to find jobs increased in 14 states but declined in 19 and the District of Columbia. North Dakota and South Dakota reported the lowest jobless rates at 3.7% and 4.4%, respectively.