Unemployment Rate Falls in Most States for April

8 years 6 months 2 days ago Friday, May 20 2011 May 20, 2011 Friday, May 20, 2011 9:05:12 AM CDT May 20, 2011 in News
Source: Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved
By: By Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The unemployment rate fell last month in more than three-quarters of nation's states, evidence that companies are feeling more confident in the U.S. economy.


The Labor Department says the unemployment rate dropped in 39 states in April. That's an improvement from March when 34 states had reported decreases. The rate rose in three states and the District of Columbia. It was unchanged in eight states.


Employers added workers in 42 states. Only eight states and the District of Columbia lost jobs last month.


Nationally, businesses have added more than 250,000 jobs per month, on average, in the past three months. It's the fastest hiring spree in five years. The unemployment rate has dropped nearly a full percentage point since November. Still, it remains very high at 9 percent.

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