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AZ unemployment rate continues to drop

PHOENIX (AP) -

Arizona's unemployment rate continues to drop. Today state officials put the jobless rate at 7.8 percent. That is a drop from October when it was above 8 percent.

It is also the third consecutive month the jobless rate has fallen. More than 22,000 non-farm jobs were added to Arizona's economy in November, the biggest November gain in 7 years.

Most jobs were in the private sector.

The national unemployment rate for November is 7.7 percent.     

"Arizona's economy appears to be gaining momentum, the best gift of all for the people of our state this holiday season," said Governor Jan Brewer.

"Most impressive of all, better than 1 in every 7 jobs created nationwide last month was generated right here in the Grand Canyon State," she said.

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