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Unemployment rates fell across America in November, with 45 states and the District of Columbia recording rate decreases from October and five states reporting no changes, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

In addition, 42 states witnessed unemployment rate drops from the previous year, while seven states and the District of Columbia recorded increases.

As a whole, the national jobless rate fell to 7% from October and was 0.8 percentage points lower than in November 2012.

Nonfarm payroll employment grew in 43 states, falling in only 7 states and the District of Columbia for the month.

California, Texas and Indiana posted the greatest over-the-month increase in employment at 44,300, 28,700 and 25,200, respectively.

Comparatively, the largest over-the-month decrease in employment occurred in Ohio (-12,000), North Carolina (-6,500) and Washington (-6,000).

The West led the nation in the highest regional unemployment rate at 7.6%, compared to the South which recorded the lowest rate at 6.7%. 

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