By Christopher Rugaber
WASHINGTON -- Unemployment fell in 28 U.S. states last month, and employers added jobs in 34 states. The gains suggest 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.
The biggest job gains occurred in Florida, California and North Carolina. Kentucky, Washington state, and New Jersey lost the most jobs. Job 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 percent from 7.2%, in part because of the partial government shutdown.