Montana's unemployment falls to 7.1 percent

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Posted: Dec 20, 2011 2:47 PM
Montana's unemployment falls to 7.1 percent

Montana's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has fallen for a third straight month to 7.1 percent in November.

The state's unemployment rate fell by 0.5 percentage points from October to November, while the national unemployment rate fell 0.4 percentage points to 8.6 percent.

Labor Commissioner Keith Kelly said Tuesday the state's economy continues to recover and the pace of job growth is improving.

The drop in the unemployment rate is primarily due to an increase of about 1,730 jobs over the last month. The number of unemployed fell by 2,230 over the last month, despite employment losses in government, construction along with arts, entertainment and recreation.