Quick facts: Michigan, Arizona


— Had the nation’s unemployment rate for years and endured a decade of economic woes. Its December unemployment rate dropped to 9.3 percent from an August 2009 high of 14.1 percent. Michigan now ranks 10th nationally, but remains above the national unemployment rate of 8.5 percent.

— Last year added 80,000 manufacturing, service and other jobs, putting it among states recovering fastest from the recession.

— Besides being a leading manufacturer of cars and trucks, Michigan is the nation’s top producer of tart cherries. It also leads in production of prepared cereals, machine tools, sugar beets and furniture.


— The Grand Canyon State celebrated its centennial on Feb. 14. It was the 48th state overall and last in the contiguous 48 states.

— There are 21 federally recognized Indian tribes in Arizona.

— Is one of the only four states that touch each other. The “Four Corners” states are Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.

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