(Washington) -- Unemployment fell in 28 U.S. states last month, and employers added jobs in 34 states. The gains suggest recent improvements in the job market have occurred in most regions of the country.
The Labor Department says unemployment rates rose in 11 states and were flat in 11. Employers cut jobs in 15 states.
The biggest job gains occurred in Florida, California and North Carolina. Kentucky, Washington state, and New Jersey lost the most jobs. Job growth was unchanged in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania's jobless rate ticked back down in the last two months to 7.5 percent, as the labor force shrank but a higher proportion of people reported working.
Employer payrolls across the state fell by about 7,400 from August to October.
Today's report covered two months because the federal government's 16-day shutdown delayed the release of September's official employment figures by four weeks.
Pennsylvania's jobless rate dropped to 7.5 percent in October from 7.7 percent in August.
Pennsylvania hit its post-recession low of 7.5 percent in May before the rate rose again in August. The national unemployment rate was 7.3 percent in August.
Over the last two months, the estimated number of people working or seeking work slid by 41,000 to below 6.5 million.
Hiring has picked up nationwide, according to the government's October jobs report released earlier this month. That report showed employers added 204,000 positions last month, up from 163,000 in September.
The unemployment rate nationally ticked up to 7.3 percent from 7.2 percent, in part because of the partial government shutdown.
This story was updated at 12:49 p.m. on 11/22/13
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