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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's unemployment rate for December was 6.6 percent, two-tenths of one percentage point lower than the previous month.

Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips said the November rate was 6.8 percent.

The national rate for December was 5.6 percent, also a two-tenths drop from the prior month.

State figures show that nonfarm employment increased by 12,500 jobs from November to December.

The largest increases occurred in trade/transportation/utilities, manufacturing, and mining/logging/construction.

Daily campus tours at MTSU will resume Monday, Jan. 12, for prospective students and their families.

Campus tours, which are administered by the Office of Admissions, give potential MTSU students, their parents and family members an opportunity to explore campus through a walking tour led by a Blue Elite member (a current student) and participate in an information session with an admissions representative.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A fuel price analyst with AAA says the mid-state could see $2 gas by the end of the week.

As of this morning the average price in Tennessee for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline stands at $2.37, that’s 17 cents below the national average.

There are about 20 stations in the Murfreesboro area selling a gallon of unleaded for less than $2.20.

AAA fuel analyst Mark Jenkins says enjoy the lower prices while they last. Analysts are divided on where oil prices are headed next.

WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — President Barack Obama's health insurance program faces another big deadline today.

Tonight at 2 a.m. Central Time is the deadline for new customers to pick a health plan that will take effect Jan. 1.

For current customers, it's the deadline to make changes that could reduce expected premium increases ahead of the New Year.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  WMOT news partner is out with a new survey of the American cities with the highest and lowest concentrations of economically disadvantaged people.

Tennessee did not score well.

The study looked at 16 different criteria, including the percentage of households receiving public assistance, employment rates and food insecurity.