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Unemployment rates in US states, at a glance

The Associated Press
Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 3:38 PM ET

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.
Overall, rates fell in 41 states last month, the Labor Department said Friday. They rose in six and were unchanged in three.
Here are the unemployment rates for all 50 states, compared to the previous month and a year ago:
State unemployment rates
Figures in percentages
September August Sept. 2011
Alabama 8.3 8.5 8.8
Alaska 7.5 7.7 7.6
Arizona 8.2 8.3 9.4
Arkansas 7.1 7.3 8.1
California 10.2 10.6 11.7
Colorado 8 8.2 8.2
Connecticut 8.9 9 8.6
Delaware 6.8 6.9 7.4
Florida 8.7 8.8 10.4
Georgia 9 9.2 9.8
Hawaii 5.7 6.1 6.8
Idaho 7.1 7.4 8.7
Illinois 8.8 9.1 10.1
Indiana 8.2 8.3 9.2
Iowa 5.2 5.5 5.9
Kansas 5.9 6.2 6.7
Kentucky 8.4 8.5 9.5
Louisiana 7 7.4 7.2
Maine 7.6 7.7 7.4
Maryland 6.9 7.1 7.1
Massachusetts 6.5 6.3 7.2
Michigan 9.3 9.4 10.2
Minnesota 5.8 5.9 6.3
Mississippi 9.2 9.1 10.9
Missouri 6.9 7.2 8.5
Montana 6.1 6.3 6.9
Nebraska 3.9 4 4.4
Nevada 11.8 12.1 13.6
New Hampshire 5.7 5.7 5.4
New Jersey 9.8 9.9 9.4
New Mexico 6.4 6.5 7.4
New York 8.9 9.1 8.3
North Carolina 9.6 9.7 10.7
North Dakota 3 3 3.6
Ohio 7 7.2 8.6
Oklahoma 5.2 5.1 6.3
Oregon 8.7 8.9 9.4
Pennsylvania 8.2 8.1 8
Rhode Island 10.5 10.7 11.3
South Carolina 9.1 9.6 10.2
South Dakota 4.4 4.5 4.5
Tennessee 8.3 8.5 9.1
Texas 6.8 7.1 7.9
Utah 5.4 5.8 6.5
Vermont 5.4 5.3 5.5
Virginia 5.9 5.9 6.3
Washington 8.5 8.6 9
Washington, D.C. 8.7 8.8 10.4
West Virginia 7.6 7.5 8
Wisconsin 7.3 7.5 7.4
Wyoming 5.4 5.7 5.9