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California's unemployment rate drops

Friday, December 16, 2011
In this photo taken on on Thursday , Feb. 3, 2011, State of California Employment Program Representative, Brigitta Croil, assists job seeker Freddy Gomez, to look for driver job position at the Verdugo Job Center in Glendale, Calif.

In this photo taken on on Thursday , Feb. 3, 2011, State of California Employment Program Representative, Brigitta Croil, assists job seeker Freddy Gomez, to look for driver job position at the Verdugo Job Center in Glendale, Calif.

The state's Employment Development Department is reporting that the unemployment rate fell in November.

That's the lowest rate in more than two years. In October the rate stood at 11.7 percent.

The agency says nearly 7,000 non-farm jobs were added over the course of the month. In November the national unemployment rate dropped to 8.6 percent.

A year ago, in November 2010, the state's unemployment rate was at 12.5 percent. Since then the state is estimated to have added more than 233,000 jobs.

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