Job seekers line up in the hundreds to attend a job fair in Downtown Denver, Thursday March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

March 17 (Bloomberg) — Payrolls decreased in 27 states in January, showing a slowdown in job growth extended throughout much of the country.

California led the nation with a 31,500 drop in payrolls for the month, followed by Illinois with a loss of 27,600 jobs, figures from the Labor Department showed today in Washington. At the same time, the unemployment rate fell throughout the country as 43 states posted decreases.

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