Unemployment Rate Falls In 75 Percent Of States

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By Christopher S. Rugaber

WASHINGTON -- An increase in hiring helped lower unemployment rates in 37 U.S. states last month, the latest indication that the job market is slowly healing.

Unemployment rates are now below 7 percent in 23 of the 50 states. The Labor Department says rates rose in seven states in October and were unchanged in six.

South Carolina's rate fell from 9.1 percent to 8.6 percent, the biggest drop among states. It has fallen a full percentage point in just two months. The state gained 7,300 jobs in October, mostly in hotels, restaurants, education and health care, and government. Alaska and Wisconsin recorded the next biggest declines.

Nationwide, the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9 percent in October. But it has declined a full point in the past year. Employers added 171,000 jobs in October. Job gains in September and August were also much stronger than initially estimated. That raised the average job growth from July through September to 174,000 a month, up from 67,000 a month in the April-June quarter.

The biggest job gains among states in October were in California and Texas. California employers added 45,800 positions. Texas gained 36,600 jobs.

Michigan, New Jersey and Minnesota shed the most jobs.

Nevada reported the highest unemployment rate, at 11.5 percent. But the rate fell from 11.8 percent in September and is at its lowest level in three and a half years. It has fallen almost two percentage points in the past twelve months.

North Dakota had the lowest unemployment rate among states, at 3.1 percent. The state has benefited from an oil and gas drilling boom.

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I think party politics kept some improvements from happening sooner. Obama has shown that playing fair and honest can still get the job done. Obama has proven that you don't have to be a dictator to encourage change, even among the resistance. Yes, the economy is doing better. To repair the damage that has been done to our economy by allowing corporations to rule cannot happen over night - or even in a four year term of office. But things are getting better. I have never drawn unemployment, but have been out of a job several times. There are jobs out there for those who want to work. Reelection of Obama has shown Americans that hope is not lost. It's back to work now, and strengthen the American economy by being part of the greatest work force in the world.

November 25 2012 at 7:22 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Charles Elfert

Most of the states that are doing well have Republican governors.

November 24 2012 at 1:40 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

OMG, I don't know if anyone watched the video, but one economist said that everybody got a "de facto" raise on their paychecks because their checks stayed the same instead of going lower. Maybe in Obama's economy that's the new definition of "raise", but if anybody actually believes that crap they must be a liberal.

November 24 2012 at 9:54 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to mlondeaux's comment

people on the right will never give this president any credit he is trying to rebuild what a dumbass from texas did to this country thank god that sorry ass mitt and his trashy ass wife will never sleep in the white house

December 05 2012 at 3:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

In a similar story, AP reports the New York Jets gained yardage in 75% of their plays against the Patriots.

November 24 2012 at 8:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Can you spell "seasonal holiday hiring?" They'll all be gone again in Jan.

November 24 2012 at 7:17 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

who ever wrote this lie,needs to be in the unemployment line,this is not true, with all the layoffs and companys closing doors still each day,that means someone without a job.= unemployment.

November 24 2012 at 6:57 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

They must be counting the seasonal Holiday help that have been hired.

November 24 2012 at 6:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

One reason for this good news is they no longer count unemployed people who are no longer receiving unemployment benefits. A huge reason is the seasonal workers who will have a job between now and shortly after Christmas. The holiday hire isnt being talked about on here but after Christmas when numbers drop again we will see articles that tell us it dropped due to the holidays being over and it will be spun to make us believe this is normal and a good thing.

November 24 2012 at 5:46 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Oh no the economy continues to improve. That no good Obama and his policies keep improving the country. If only Mitt had been elected we could have cut all of the richest people's taxes and balanced the budget on the backs of the poor and middle class. Looks like all that rooting for America's economy to fail by the gop hasn't worked out so well. Even with their relentless efforts to kill jobs bills and stimulus they have failed, but that's nothing new.

November 24 2012 at 4:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Mr.Puffington's comment

Geeez! Get a grip, will ya? Start using facts, you just might learn something.

November 24 2012 at 6:01 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Be careful about sticking your foot in your mouth. When the Bush tax cuts expire in January, most of which helped the MIDDLE CLASS, don't be surprised when your tax refund check is a lot smaller. We still have four more years of Obama, and 7.9% unemployment is nothing to cheer about. Watch for it to increase again after the holiday help is, once again, in the unemployment line.

November 24 2012 at 9:40 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Hmmmmm! Great Numbers, I say! YES...REAL GREAT NUMBERS for President Obama. HOWEVER!!!!!! How come they only post numbers of those who found jobs, but never post numbers of those WHO LOST JOBS or ran out of UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS during the same months they post the gains? BUT.....THEN AGAIN, there are more TAKERS than MAKERS and President Obama is well on his way towards financially making the United States dependent on the U.S. Govermnet for support. Hmmmm (again)! Isn't that what Russia, China, Vietnam, and Venezuela are all about? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_socialist_countries)

November 24 2012 at 3:45 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to MIKEY'S SCREEN's comment

lol more takers than makers oh shut it please!

November 24 2012 at 4:30 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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