Americans are under more economic stress.
A monthly analysis by The Associated Press shows an increased number of foreclosures outweighed lower unemployment in December.
The AP determines economic stress based on unemployment, foreclosure and bankruptcy rates.
For all of 2010, economic stress eased in every state by five. Stress fell most sharply in the Great Lakes states and Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee in the South. Those states have large manufacturing bases.
The AP's analysis shows that economic stress dropped the most in counties with large percentages of workers in manufacturing.