State jobless rates mostly steady in October

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North Dakota has seen its unemployment rate fall 5.3 percent in the last year, good for the biggest drop in the nation. Meanwhile, West Virginia has seen its jobless rate jump 1.5 percent over that stretch, the nation's largest.

Just three states still hold unemployment rates in the double digits. Nevada holds the title of the nation's highest unemployment rate of 11.5 percent, while California and Rhode Island have rates of 10.1 percent and 10.4 percent, respectively.

Regionally, the nation's western states continue to hold the nation's highest unemployment rate of 9.0 percent (the national rate stands at 7.9 percent). Meanwhile, the Midwest retains the lowest jobless rate of 7.3 percent.