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Unemployment rates fall or remain unchanged in all 50 US states as hiring picks up nationwide
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Friday, December 20, 2013 10:35 AM EST
Unemployment rates fell or were unchanged in all 50 U.S. states in November, evidence that hiring is improving across the country.
Nationwide, hiring has been robust for the past four months. Employers added an average of 204,000 jobs from August through November, a strong pickup from early this year.
The national unemployment rate fell to 7 percent last month, a five-year low.
Still, the decline in state unemployment rates has occurred partly because many people have stopped looking for work. When people who are out of work stop looking for jobs, they're no longer counted as unemployed. The unemployment rate can fall as a result.