COLUMBIA — South Carolina's jobless rate has fallen for the seventh consecutive month.

The Department of Employment and Workforce said Friday that South Carolina's unemployment rate was 4.4 percent in November, down from 4.7 percent in October.

The agency says the number of South Carolinians working rose to a new high of 2.2 million. The number of unemployed people who are looking for work declined to about 102,000, the lowest level since June 2001.

The U.S. Labor Department again ranks South Carolina as having the 22nd lowest jobless rate in the country.

The national jobless rate in November dropped to a 4.6 percent average. New Hampshire and South Dakota again posted the lowest rate of 2.7 percent, while Alaska again had the highest at 6.8 percent.