Bloomberg by the Numbers: 38

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Job seekers speak to potential employers at a jobs fair for people 50-years-old and older, put together by the United Jewish Appeal Federation and Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York, on November 20, 2013 in New York City.

That’s how many states had a lower unemployment rate last month than in October 2012.

The national unemployment rate was 7.3 percent in October ,compared with 7.9 percent a year earlier, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In Florida, the unemployment rate was 6.7 percent last month, compared with 8.2 percent a year earlier. The unemployment rate fell by 1.4 points in California (to 8.7 percent from 10.1 percent) and North Carolina (to 8 percent from 9.4 percent).

Ten states and the District of Columbia showed unemployment rate increases from a year earlier, according to BLS data. Two states had no change.

The highest unemployment rates last month were reported in Nevada (9.3 percent), Rhode Island (9.2 percent) and Michigan (9 percent). The lowest unemployment rate was in North Dakota (2.7 percent), where an energy boom has increased employment and incomes.

Payrolls rose last month in 34 states led by Florida, Bloomberg’s Jeanna Smialek reported. The unemployment rate fell in 28 states, “a sign labor market progress is picking up across much of the country,” she wrote.

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