BOULDER - The unemployment rates in Boulder and Broomfield counties decreased for the fifth month in a row in November as Colorado recorded its lowest unemployment rate since December 2008, according to a report Friday by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

Broomfield County's unemployment rate was 5.5 percent, down more than a full percentage point from 6.6 percent in the same month a year ago and down from 5.7 percent in October. The county had 30,249 people employed in November and 1,755 who were seeking work.

Boulder County's November rate was 4.7 percent, with 173,980 people employed and 8,538 seeking work. That rate was down from 4.9 percent in October and 5.5 percent in November 2012.

From October to November 4,200 nonfarm payroll jobs were added in Colorado, and the statewide unemployment rate dipped from 6.8 percent in October to 6.5 percent in November. That's the lowest the state's rate has been since hitting 6.1 percent in December 2008, and the month-over-month change is the biggest since Colorado's rate increased from 8.1 percent to 8.4 percent from April to May in 2009.

Colorado's November rate of 6.5 percent was down from 7.6 percent from November of 2012. Across the state, Hinsdale County boasted the lowest November unemployment rate at 3.2 percent, while Costilla County's was the highest at 11.3 percent.

Nationally, the unemployment rate dropped to 7.0 percent in November.