Regional and State Employment and Unemployment (Monthly), December 18, 2009: "In November, 36 states and the District of Columbia recorded over-the-month unemployment rate decreases, 8 states registered increases, and 6 states had no change. Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 19 states and decreased in 31 states and the District of Columbia...Among the nine geographic divisions, the Pacific continued to report the highest jobless rate, 11.6 percent in November. The East North Central recorded the next highest rate, 11.0 percent. The West North Central registered the lowest November jobless rate, 7.2 percent, followed by the West South Central, 7.7 percent. The rate in the South Atlantic (10.0 percent) was the highest in its series."