Arkansas unemployment rate falls to 7.0 percent

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The Arkansas unemployment rate for November is 7.0%, down from 7.2% the month before.

The state Workforce Service Department said Friday that the drop is in line with a trend of a gradual reduction in the unemployment rate this year.

In November 2011, the unemployment rate was 7.9%. In January and February, the unemployment rate was 7.6%. November's 7.0% is the lowest the unemployment rate has been in Arkansas this year.

The national unemployment rate for November was 7.7%, down from 7.5% in October. A year ago, the national unemployment rate was 8.7%.

The lower rate in Arkansas is attributable to 8,700 fewer people being in the work force.

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