Unemployment Rates Fall in 7 Swing States

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unemployment ratesBy CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER

WASHINGTON -- Unemployment rates fell or held steady last month in nine key swing states at the center of this year's presidential election.

Rates dropped in Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin, Colorado, Iowa, Nevada and North Carolina. They were unchanged in New Hampshire and Virginia.

The declines could help President Barack Obama at a critical time. With just 18 days until Election Day, polls show GOP challenger Mitt Romney gaining momentum with voters in key states.

Overall, the Labor Department says rates fell in 41 states last month, rose in six and were unchanged in three.

Two weeks ago, the government said the national unemployment rate dropped in September to 7.8 percent. It's the lowest level since Obama's first month in office. The government will report Nov. 2 on October employment, just four days before the election.

Friday's state unemployment report is the last before the election.

Many key states are still facing high unemployment. The rate was 11.8 percent in Nevada and 9.6 percent in North Carolina.

Still, voters are often more influenced by the trend in unemployment than the rates themselves, according to political analysts. Nevada will likely test that theory. It has the nation's highest unemployment rate. But it has also experienced the steepest decline in the past 12 months. The unemployment rate there was 13.6 percent a year ago.

Six of the nine swing states gained jobs last month: Colorado, Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Virginia, which is considered one of the most crucial states in play because of its 13 electoral votes, added 11,500 jobs last month. That was the most of any swing state. The unemployment rate remained 5.9 percent, far below the national average.

Three states lost jobs: Ohio, Iowa and New Hampshire.

The number of jobs added or lost is determined by survey of businesses. The unemployment rate is derived from a survey of households. The two can sometimes produce divergent results.

Ohio shed 12,800 jobs last month, the second most in the nation. But its unemployment rate declined.

That suggests that at least some of the drop in Ohio's unemployment rate stemmed from people giving up on their job searches and dropping out of the work force. People are only counted as unemployed when they are actively looking for work.

The national unemployment rate fell last month because of a huge jump in the number of people who said they had jobs. Still, most of those jobs were part time and many people working part time are still looking for full-time work.


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donnalafon

The economy is the leading problem in our country. Once new industrial and private sector jobs have been created and our nation can become employed there will be a cash flow in our country. Many of the added problems will be solved. The only person who knows how to create jobs is Mitt Romney. He has balanced the budgets for many groups which has allowed the different groups to operate with a cash flow. The government has to add more debt to create anything while industry earns its cash which in turn gives new funds for the country. The debate tonight did not solve or answer any of the real problems. Only at the end did we hear about the econmy.

October 23 2012 at 12:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
freethedems2012

Wow, we Dems really cooked the books in those states.

October 22 2012 at 10:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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sksnyder25

I can only comment on Florida. Everyone I talk to has gone back to work 40 plus hours. Our small company of just 30 employees added 7 jobs last month. Every employer I talk to says they have added jobs and if construction continues at the rate it is going now more employees will be hired. You are once again seeing new homes being built for the first time since the 2007 depression. I use to have 2 to 3 people come in daily looking for work. Now I get maybe one call a week and that's it. Things are changine for the better. Much more construction work is being bid on and awarded here in Florida.

October 23 2012 at 5:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ken Wayne

Ohio, they elected a GOP Governor and now the state is doing better.
Latest poll shows a dead heat in Ohio, with the wind in favor of Romney.
We can do better.

October 22 2012 at 2:43 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
wheresmyfreemoney

Come on out Evan Barthold and get your spanking ........LMAO Are yo stuck under Frank Davis;s camel ?

October 21 2012 at 8:34 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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wheresmyfreemoney

Good Boy Evan Barthold, make sure you do what Frank tells you to do

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wheresmyfreemoney

Come on out Evan Barthold and get your spanking ........LMAO

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Andres Arcesio

the economy is rule.

October 21 2012 at 7:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Andres Arcesio

the economy is rule.
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October 21 2012 at 7:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wheresmyfreemoney

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October 21 2012 at 11:56 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
wheresmyfreemoney

Bevis is crying again, Boooooooo Hooooooo Hooooooo , Waaaaaaaa Waaaaaaaaaa it's still George Bush's fault because Frank Davis aka Barach Husseien Obama is a freaking failure. Cry us a river Bevis !

October 21 2012 at 11:53 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
democracks0

mrblockhead22
So How Did the Bush Tax Cuts Work Out for the Economy?
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The 2008 income tax data are now in, so we can assess the fulfillment of the Republican promise that tax cuts would produce widespread prosperity by looking at all the years of the George W. Bush presidency.

Just as they did in 2000, the Republicans are running this year on an economic platform of tax cuts, especially making the tax cuts permanent for the richest among us. So how did the tax cuts work out? My analysis of the new data, with all figures in 2008 dollars:

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Obamite trash from the sewers of Moveon.org

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