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Unemployment rates fall in 28 US states last month, employers add jobs in 34 states

Unemployment fell in 28 U.S. states last month, and employers added jobs in 34 states. The gains suggest recent improvements in the job market have occurred in most regions of the country.

The Labor Department says unemployment rates rose in 11 states and were flat in 11. Employers cut jobs in 15 states.

The biggest job gains occurred in Florida, California and North Carolina. Kentucky, Washington state, and New Jersey lost the most jobs. Job growth was unchanged in Pennsylvania.

Hiring has picked up nationwide, according to the government's October jobs report released earlier this month. That report showed employers added 204,000 positions last month, up from 163,000 in September.

The unemployment rate nationally ticked up to 7.3 percent from 7.2 percent, in part because of the partial government shutdown.

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Loan Type Graph Rate +/- Last Week
30 Y Fixed Graph 4.19% dw 4.23%  
15 Y Fixed Graph 3.18% dw 3.23%  
30 Y Fixed Jumbo Graph 4.54% up 4.50%  
5/1 ARM Graph 3.34% dw 3.45%  
5/1 Jumbo ARM Graph 3.57% dw 3.69%  
Loan Type Graph Rate +/- Last Week
$30K HELOC Graph 4.28% dw 4.36%  
$50K HELOC Graph 4.03% dw 4.06%  
$30K Loan Graph 5.07% dw 5.08%  
$50K Loan Graph 4.51% -- 4.51%  
$75K Loan Graph 4.51% -- 4.51%  
Loan Type Graph Rate +/- Last Week
36 M New Graph 2.93% -- 2.93%  
36 M Used Graph 3.47% -- 3.47%  
48 M New Graph 3.22% up 3.21%  
48 M Used Graph 2.98% -- 2.98%  
60 M New Graph 3.24% up 3.23%  
Loan Type Graph Yield +/- Last Week
6 month Graph 0.32% dw 0.34%  
1 yr Graph 0.65% dw 0.66%  
5 yr Graph 1.35% up 1.34%