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Jobs down in WA; Unemployment Falls in Most U.S. States

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WASHINGTON - The number of jobs in Washington state is down while national unemployment numbers fell in 28 U.S. states last month.  Employers added jobs in 34 states, which suggests 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.

Kentucky, Washington state, and New Jersey lost the most jobs. The biggest job gains occurred in Florida, California and North Carolina, while growth was unchanged in Pennsylvania.

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% from 7.2%, in part because of the partial government shutdown.


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