41 States Report Rise in Employment in November

A "Now Hiring" sign hangs in front of a McDonald's under construction in Tempe, Ariz. (Ross D. Franklin, AP file)
A “Now Hiring” sign hangs in front of a McDonald’s under construction in Tempe, Ariz. (Ross D. Franklin, AP file)

Unemployment rates fell in 41 states in November as the national labor market had a breakout month.

Joblessness increased in three states and was unchanged in six, the Labor Department said Friday.

Twenty-two states posted jobless-rate declines of at least 2%. North Carolina had the largest drop, to 5.8% from 6.3%. Unemployment fell 0.4 percentage points in four states, resulting in rates of 5.6% in Maryland, 6% in Delaware, 6.7% in Michigan and 7.2% in Georgia. Joblessness also fell significantly in Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Virginia

Georgia’s sharp decline allowed it to be overtaken by Mississippi as the state with the highest unemployment rate, 7.3%. North Dakota, which is benefiting from an oil boom, continued to have the lowest, 2.7%

Payrolls increased in 37 states and the District of Columbia, California notched the largest increase, 90,100. Florida:followed, with 41,900 gains and Texas picked up 34,800 jobs.

Earlier this month, the Labor Department said that nationally, employers added 321,000 jobs last month — the most in nearly three years — and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.8%.

Paul Davidson

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