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41 states see job gains in October, most in 5 months

Businesses and other employers added jobs in 41 states in October, the best showing in five months, the Labor Department said Tuesday.

The figures indicate the job market is picking up a bit in most parts of the country. Even the nation’s hardest hit states — Nevada and Michigan — showed declines in their unemployment rates.

The Labor Department said the jobless rate fell last month in 19 states, remained the same in 17 and rose in 14. Unemployment can rise when jobs are created if more people begin searching for work. Pennsylvania’s jobless rate fell to 8.8 percent.

Nationwide, employers added 151,000 jobs in October, while the unemployment rate was unchanged at 9.6 percent. Companies added the largest net gain in jobs in six months.


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