Jobless rates fall in 29 US states last month

WASHINGTON – Unemployment rates fell in most states in February and two-thirds of the states reported job gains, evidence that most of the country is benefiting from slow but steady improvement in the job market.

Unemployment rates dropped in 29 states, rose in 10 and were unchanged in the remaining 11, the Labor Department said Friday.

During the same time, hiring rose in 33 states and fell in 17.