U.S. Swing States Saw Mixed Progress on Joblessness in September


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© Bloomberg. A person carries a briefcase while walking along State Street in Madison, Wisconsin on Sept. 23. Photographer: Lauren Justice/Bloomberg

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(Bloomberg) — Jobless rates across U.S. swing states showed mixed improvement in September, underscoring how the economic realities for some of the most crucial voters are diverging just two weeks before the presidential election.

Among the steepest declines were Pennsylvania, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, while several saw increasing unemployment rates, including Texas, Arizona and North Carolina, according to Labor Department figures Tuesday.

The national unemployment rate dropped more than expected in September to 7.9% from 8.4%, a decline driven in part by a lower labor-force participation rate, Labor Department data showed earlier this month.

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