ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico had the highest unemployment rate in the nation in November, while growth in the number of new jobs in the state was flat, according to labor figures released Friday.
The state’s rate of 6.8 percent for November was unchanged from the month before, but New Mexico’s failure to improve pushed it to the No. 1 spot, according to the new figures. Last month, West Virginia held the No. 1 title, but its figures have since improved.
Nationwide, the economy generated a robust 211,000 jobs last month, and the U.S. unemployment rate remained at 5 percent, a 7-year low, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
The rate fell in more than half of U.S. states in November as employers stepped up hiring.