November 26, 2012
In October, 37 states and the District of Columbia recorded unemployment rate decreases, seven states posted increases, and six states had no change. The national unemployment rate, 7.9 percent, was essentially unchanged from September but was 1.0 percentage point lower than in October 2011.
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Fourteen states reported statistically significant over-the-month unemployment rate decreases in October. The largest of these occurred in South Carolina (-0.5 percentage point), followed by Alaska and Wisconsin (-0.4 point each).
The remaining 36 states and the District of Columbia recorded jobless rates that were not measurably different from those of a month earlier.
These data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program. Data for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to revision. To learn more, see “Regional and State Employment and Unemployment — October 2012” (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-12-2293.