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Jobless rates rise in January in half of US states

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Unemployment rates increased in half of U.S. states in January from December, as employers nationwide added the fewest jobs in seven months.

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The Labor Department said Monday that unemployment rates rose in 25 states. They fell in only 8 states and were unchanged in 17.

Despite the increase, some long-suffering states showed improvement in January.

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