Bloomberg by the Numbers: 6.6

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That’s the percentage-point difference between the September unemployment rates of Iowa and Nevada. The two states have the lowest and highest rates respectively among the nine states where President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney are devoting most of their attention.

Iowa’s 5.2 percent unemployment rate is fourth-lowest in the nation along with Oklahoma’s. Nevada’s 11.8 percent rate is the nation’s highest.

Iowa is “an unusual battleground in a presidential election that’s focused on a weak national economy,” Bloomberg’s David J. Lynch reported last week. “With its low unemployment and sound housing market, Iowa boasts the economy that President Barack Obama once promised the entire country.”

The other battleground states are New Hampshire (5.7 percent), Virginia (5.9 percent), Ohio (7 percent), Wisconsin (7.3 percent), Colorado (8 percent), Florida (8.7 percent) and North Carolina (9.6 percent). The national unemployment rate is 7.8 percent.

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