- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Employment Commission says the state’s jobless rate fell to 5 percent in November, marking the lowest rate in seven months.

The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down from 5.3 percent in October and down from 5.3 percent a year ago.

Increases were seen in professional and business services, professional, scientific, and technical services, management, leisure and hospitality, trade and transportation, manufacturing, government and finance.

Jobs decreases were seen in industries including administrative and support services, construction, private education and health services, information, mining and miscellaneous services.

The Labor Department says unemployment rates fell in 41 U.S. states in November, rose in three states and were unchanged in six.

The national unemployment rate was 5.8 percent.

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