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Employers stepped up hiring in 14 US states last month

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By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - Hiring rose last month in 14 U.S. states, and the unemployment rate fell to record lows in two states.

The Labor Department says that unemployment rates fell in 10 states and rose in only 2. Rates were stable in the other 38 states.

The figures suggest that June's healthy job gains were widely spread across the country. Fourteen states reported major hiring increases, including Nevada, Iowa and Georgia.

North Dakota's unemployment rate fell to 2.3 percent, a record low for the state dating back to 1976 and tying for lowest in the nation with Colorado. Tennessee's rate of 3.6 percent is also a record low for that state.

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