Jobless numbers hit record low in Alabama

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Alaska had the highest jobless rate, at 7.2 percent, the bureau said.

Unemployment rates have dropped to record lows in five states, including the "yellow hammer" state of Alabama.

Tennessee first marked a historic low unemployment rate in June at 3.6 percent, which was bested by the July rate of 3.4 percent, and then fell even lower in August to 3.3 percent.

Last year, in November 2016, San Angelo's unemployment rate was at 4.2 percent.

The Labor Department's report on state unemployment released Friday showed rates fell in 19 other states, a positive sign for USA economic growth.

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The information sector lost 1,600 jobs over the month; other services shed 800 positions. These states also led in month job gains.

Nine of eleven major industries showed increased growth in November, including Professional and Business Services with 14,700 jobs added and Construction which added 8,200 positions. California was second in job additions with 288,300.

Total nonfarm employment in Tennessee grew by 1,800 jobs in November. The unemployment rate was below 2.7 percent in Nebraska, New Hampshire and North Dakota. The San Antonio-New Braunfels MSA registered a rate of 3.0 percent for November. Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.1% in November, the same as in October.

The state unemployment rate reached 3 percent in both September and October, its lowest level since the federal government began tracking the statistic in 1976.

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