SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Unemployment rates continued to drop in California and in the Bay Area in November, according to state jobs data released Friday.

California’s unemployment rate dropped to 8.5 percent in November, down from 8.7 percent in October and continuing a decline from August’s 8.9 percent figure, according to the state’s Employment Development Department.

Unemployment rates also fell in the Bay Area, which continues to post some of the lowest jobless figures in the state.

Marin County, which typically has the lowest unemployment rates in the state, decreased to 4.6 percent in November, while San Mateo County was second-lowest at 5 percent and San Francisco was third at 5.2 percent.

Solano County, which has the highest unemployment rate in the Bay Area, was at 7.6 percent, still well below the state level. Alameda County was at 6.8 percent, down sharply from the 7.8 percent rate seen as recently as July, and Contra Costa County was at 6.8 percent.

The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7 percent in November, down from 7.3 percent in October.

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