According to the Labor Department, unemployment rates fell in 37 states in October as job growth picked up -- but not enough to keep pace with additional workers in some regions.

The jobless rates in most states remained mostly unchanged from September. Fourteen states, though, recorded statistically significant drops in the unemployment rate from the previous month, led by a 0.5 percentage-point decline in South Carolina. Alaska and Wisconsin also saw their jobless rates decline 0.4 percent for the month.

No states reported a statistically significant uptick in unemployment.

The total U.S. labor force, which includes those looking for jobs, rose by 578,000 in October, which was enough to slightly push up the labor force participation rate to 63.8 percent.

In terms of total employment, which is measured using a different survey of employers, 35 states and the District of Columbia reported gains. California (+45,800), Texas (+36,600) and Georgia (+16,100) added the most jobs for the month.

The steepest estimated job losses occurred in Michigan (-16,500) and New Jersey (-11,700), according to the Labor Department.
 

State Employment Totals and Unemployment Rates for October:

 

             
State October Nonfarm Employment Sept. Nonfarm Employment Monthly Change 10/2011 Jobless Rate 09/2012 Jobless Rate 10/2012 Jobless Rate
Alabama 1,881,500 1,876,500 5,000 8.5 8.2 8.1
Alaska 328,000 329,700 -1,700 7.5 7.5 7.1
Arizona 2,463,900 2,467,200 -3,300 9.2 8.2 8.1
Arkansas 1,170,000 1,165,600 4,400 8 7.1 7.2
California 14,417,200 14,371,400 45,800 11.5 10.2 10.1
Colorado 2,310,100 2,301,500 8,600 8.1 8 7.9
Connecticut 1,624,900 1,623,700 1,200 8.5 8.9 9
Delaware 416,200 416,000 200 7.3 6.8 6.8
District of Columbia 739,000 737,500 1,500 10.3 8.7 8.5
Florida 7,371,500 7,356,800 14,700 10.2 8.7 8.5
Georgia 3,954,400 3,938,300 16,100 9.7 9 8.7
Hawaii 607,700 605,500 2,200 6.8 5.7 5.5
Idaho 622,200 619,300 2,900 8.6 7.1 7
Illinois 5,712,600 5,707,800 4,800 10 8.8 8.8
Indiana 2,905,000 2,900,000 5,000 9.1 8.2 8
Iowa 1,496,300 1,490,300 6,000 5.8 5.2 5.1
Kansas 1,344,800 1,348,000 -3,200 6.6 5.9 5.7
Kentucky 1,833,800 1,840,400 -6,600 9.3 8.4 8.4
Louisiana 1,947,700 1,935,500 12,200 7.1 7 6.6
Maine 595,300 595,600 -300 7.3 7.6 7.4
Maryland 2,595,000 2,581,000 14,000 6.9 6.9 6.7
Massachusetts 3,255,100 3,247,200 7,900 7.1 6.5 6.6
Michigan 3,972,700 3,989,200 -16,500 9.9 9.3 9.1
Minnesota 2,710,500 2,718,600 -8,100 6.1 5.8 5.8
Mississippi 1,089,300 1,085,000 4,300 10.7 9.2 8.9
Missouri 2,670,900 2,657,900 13,000 8.3 6.9 6.9
Montana 436,400 433,600 2,800 6.8 6.1 6
Nebraska 958,400 959,100 -700 4.4 3.9 3.8
Nevada 1,136,100 1,133,900 2,200 13.4 11.8 11.5
New Hampshire 626,800 625,800 1,000 5.4 5.7 5.7
New Jersey 3,892,200 3,903,900 -11,700 9.3 9.8 9.7
New Mexico 798,800 795,800 3,000 7.2 6.4 6.3
New York 8,831,600 8,822,200 9,400 8.2 8.9 8.7
North Carolina 3,964,800 3,956,800 8,000 10.6 9.6 9.3
North Dakota 422,000 421,100 900 3.5 3 3.1
Ohio 5,191,900 5,178,000 13,900 8.3 7.1 6.9
Oklahoma 1,603,800 1,602,500 1,300 6.3 5.2 5.3
Oregon 1,636,300 1,638,700 -2,400 9.3 8.7 8.6
Pennsylvania 5,752,200 5,744,700 7,500 7.9 8.2 8.1
Rhode Island 457,000 459,500 -2,500 11.2 10.5 10.4
South Carolina 1,869,000 1,861,700 7,300 10 9.1 8.6
South Dakota 408,900 406,900 2,000 4.4 4.4 4.5
Tennessee 2,694,100 2,686,600 7,500 8.9 8.3 8.2
Texas 10,883,200 10,846,600 36,600 7.8 6.8 6.6
Utah 1,248,100 1,239,400 8,700 6.2 5.4 5.2
Vermont 302,000 303,000 -1,000 5.4 5.4 5.5
Virginia 3,728,900 3,729,500 -600 6.2 5.9 5.7
Washington 2,888,600 2,881,900 6,700 8.9 8.5 8.2
West Virginia 747,600 747,400 200 7.9 7.6 7.5
Wisconsin 2,720,700 2,728,200 -7,500 7.3 7.3 6.9
Wyoming 287,500 288,300 -800 5.8 5.4 5.2


NOTE: October figures are preliminary. Job totals and unemployment rates are seasonally adjusted.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics