BOISE -- New figures from the Idaho Department of Labor show the state's unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level in more than 3 1/2 years.

Data released Friday show the jobless rate for November at 6.8 percent -- with more than 1,000 idled workers finding jobs.

Statewide, 36 of 44 counties posted declines in their jobless rates from October and all but Custer County had rates lower than the same period one year ago.

Total employment for the state was up 1,500 from October to more than 722,200, the highest total since mid-2008 and more than 14,000 ahead of November 2011.

There is some negative news in the report, however. More than 300 workers dropped out of the labor force last month -- the sixth straight month of work force decline.

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