Unemployment rates fall in 34 states, D.C.

Jobless rates dropped in 34 states and Washington, D.C., in April as improved economic conditions spurred hiring, according to www.msnbc.com. Six states reported higher unemployment rates and 10 states held steady.

The April numbers show improvement compared with March, when 16 states and Washington, D.C., reported declining unemployment rates, 22 states reported increases and 12 states were unchanged.

South Carolina's unemployment rate experienced the largest drop, falling 12.2 percent to 11.6 percent. Michigan had the highest unemployment rate at 14 percent, and North Dakota recorded the lowest unemployment rate with 3.8 percent.

Employers boosted jobs in a majority of states. The three states that added the most jobs were Ohio with 37,300 jobs; Pennsylvania with 34,000 jobs; and New York with 32,700 jobs.

Nationwide, employers added 290,000 jobs in April, which is the highest in four years. However, the U.S. unemployment rate increased to 9.9 percent as job hunters resumed their searches.

Date : 5/27/2010