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12/19/2009 9:58:00 PM
Business briefs, Dec. 20

Unemployment rate down in November

The Department of Economic Security on Thursday released November figures showing the county's unemployment rate is down.

The Prescott-area seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 9.6 percent in October to 9.2 percent in November.

The rate was 6.9 percent in November 2008.

The national rate is 10 percent and the statewide rate is 8.9 percent.

The Prescott area continues to sit in third place behind Lake Havasu City/Kingman at 9.7 percent and Yuma at 22.7 percent.

For more information, visit www.workforce.az.gov.

Fuel prices fall in the tri-city area

AAA Arizona on Thursday reported that fuel prices in the Prescott area fell nearly three cents this past week.

The average is $2.602 per gallon of regular unleaded, a dip of 2.8 cents. Prices rose 0.5 cents the week before.

The statewide average is $2.597 per gallon, a drop of less than a penny from the past week, and the national average sits at $2.590 per gallon.

Linda Gorman, public affairs director for AAA Arizona, said that while road travel will likely drop around five percent compared to 2008, AAA's year-end forecast shows most people will travel via cars.

And that means nearly two million Arizona residents are not letting higher fuel prices block their travel plans.

Tucson drivers are paying the least for fuel in the state at $2.487 per gallon and Flagstaff motorists are paying the most with an average fuel price of $2.720 per gallon.

Missouri drivers are paying the lowest prices in the nation at $2.396 per gallon and Californians are paying the most for fuel in the lower 48 states with an average of $2.912 per gallon.

For more information, visit www.aaa.com/fuelfinder.

IRS reminds consumers about car tax break

The Internal Revenue Service is reminding taxpayers who are considering buying a new car that they have until the end of the month to take advantage of a tax break.

Taxpayers buying qualifying new cars between Feb. 16 and Dec. 31, 2009, can deduct the state or local sales or excise taxes paid on the first $49,500 of the purchase. Qualifying vehicles include new passenger cars, light trucks, motorcycles and motor homes.

For information, visit www.irs.gov.




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