The Associated Press

Unemployment rates fell in three-quarters of U.S. states last month, a sign that many parts of the country are experiencing modest job gains.

Here are the unemployment rates for October, compared to the previous month and a year ago. Rates in percentagesOct. 2011Sept. 2011Oct. 2010Alabama9.39.89.1Alaska7.47.57.9Arizona99.19.8Arkansas8.28.37.9California11.711.912.5Colorado8.18.38.9Connecticut8.78.99.1Delaware7.98.18.4Washington, D.C.1111.29.7Florida10.310.611.8Georgia10.210.310.3Hawaii6.56.46.5Idaho8.899.6Illinois10.1109.6Indiana98.99.7Iowa666.2Kansas6.76.76.9Kentucky9.69.710.2Louisiana76.97.7Maine7.37.57.6Maryland7.27.47.4Massachusetts7.37.38.3Michigan10.611.111.6Minnesota6.46.97Mississippi10.610.610.2Missouri8.58.79.6Montana7.67.77.4Nebraska4.24.24.4Nevada13.413.414.9New Hampshire5.35.45.7New Jersey9.19.29.2New Mexico6.66.68.6New York7.988.3North Carolina10.410.59.9North Dakota3.53.53.9Ohio99.19.7Oklahoma6.15.96.9Oregon9.59.610.6Pennsylvania8.18.38.5Rhode Island10.410.511.5South Carolina10.510.910.9South Dakota4.54.64.6Tennessee9.69.89.4Texas8.48.58.2Utah77.47.6Vermont5.65.85.9Virginia6.46.56.7Washington99.29.4West Virginia8.28.29.5Wisconsin7.77.87.7Wyoming5.75.86.6
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