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Unemployment rates fell almost everywhere in November, the same month that the national jobless rate dropped to its lowest level in five years.

Forty-five states plus the District of Columbia saw lower rates than in October while rates in five states were unchanged, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.

The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.0% in November and more than a third of the states had rates significantly lower than that. Three are in the upper Midwest: North Dakota, 2.6%; South Dakota, 3.6%; and Nebraska, 3.7%.

North Dakota, its economy fueled by an energy boom, has held the nation's lowest jobless rate consistently since late 2008.

The government's latest report on state joblessness shows that the nation's worst unemployment problems are concentrated in about eight states, mainly in the West and Midwest, more than three years after the recession ended.

Nevada and Rhode Island had the highest unemployment rates, each at 9.0%. Michigan was close behind at 8.8%. California was at 8.5%. Illinois, the District of Columbia, Mississippi, Kentucky and Tennessee all had rates above 8%.

Employment increased in 43 states last month and decreased in seven states and the District of Columbia.

States with the largest increases from October were California, up 44,300; Texas, 28,700; and Indiana, 25,200.

Ohio, North Carolina and Washington had the largest decreases in employment over the month, losing 12,000, 6,500 and 6,000 jobs, respectively.

The government reported shows four states have gained more than 100,000 jobs over the past year. They are: Texas, 274,200; California, 226,200; Florida, 182,100; and New York, 127,700. Only one state, Alaska, has fewer jobs than a year ago. It was down 1% to 331,800.

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