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Women walk by a panhandler along Madison Avenue, one of Manhattan's premier shopping and residential streets on November 1, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

National Unemployment Rate Drops But Many New Yorkers Still Out Of Work

The unemployment rate dropped to the lowest level in more than two and a half years, falling to 8.6 percent in November, the Labor Department said Friday.