Unemployment fell in 25 states in September

In September, jobless rates decreased in half of U.S. states, reflecting a pickup in hiring, according to MSNBC.com.

Unemployment dropped in 25 states, rose in 14 and was unchanged in 11. This is an improvement compared with August, when unemployment rose in 26 states.

Employers added 103,000 net jobs in September, which was nearly double the number of jobs added in August. Employers have added an average of only 72,000 jobs per month during the past five months.

Florida reported the biggest job gain in September, adding 23,300 jobs. North Carolina reported the biggest loss, losing 22,200 jobs.

Nevada had the highest unemployment rate for the 16th straight month in September at 13.4 percent, followed by California at 11.9 percent. North Dakota had the lowest unemployment rate at 3.5 percent, followed by Nebraska at 4.2 percent.

Date : 10/24/2011