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Unemployment fell in February in 22 US states

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Unemployment rates fell in 22 U.S. states in February from January, a sign that hiring gains are benefiting many parts of the country.

The Labor Department says unemployment rates rose in 12 states and were unchanged in 16.

Nationally, unemployment slid to a 4-year low of 7.7% in February, down from 7.9% in January. Since November, employers have added an average of 200,000 jobs a month, nearly double the average from last spring.

States hit hardest during the recession are showing improvement.

Florida's unemployment rate fell to 7.7% in February, down from 9% a year earlier. Nevada's rate, while tied with California and Mississippi for the highest among states at 9.6%, is down from 11.8% a year ago.

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