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Omaha's unemployment rate for October was 2.4 percent, down from 2.7 percent in September and 3.1 percent in October of past year.

Idaho's unemployment rate increased a tenth of a percent to 2.9 percent in October.

Meanwhile, the statewide unemployment rate hit a record low during October. According to monthly data going back to 1990 kept by the DLIR, Hawaii County's unemployment rate has never dropped below 2.3 percent.

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate dropped in October to a new post-recession low, although the labor force, employment and payrolls all shrank during the month.

That easily surpassed the previous low of 2.4 percent achieved from October through December 2006 and from May through September 1989. The October rate also remained well below the US rate, which dipped slightly to 4.1 percent for the month.

Shelby County in metro Birmingham has the state's lowest jobless rate at 2.6 percent, and Wilcox County in western Alabama is highest at 8.9 percent.

Louisiana's unemployment rate doesn't rank among the 10 worst states for the first time in years.

Pennsylvania's nonfarm jobs count was down 4,300 from September's record high level to 5,973,800 in October.

Government employment, at 772,600, increased by 3,300 positions.

Job gains were reported in sectors including educational and health services, leisure and hospitality, financial activities, professional and business services, other services, and trade, transportation and utilities.


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