Utah unemployment rate rises to 6.5 percent

Utah unemployment rate rises to 6.5 percent

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show Utah's unemployment rate rose from 6.2 percent to 6.5 percent from September to October.

The Utah Department of Workforce Services also says the state has lost 40,900 jobs over the past year, leaving total employment at just over 1.2 million.

The department noted, though, that the 3.3 percent contraction in Utah's job count in October was an improvement over the 4 percent decline in September.

The department says about 88,900 Utahns were considered unemployed last month, compared to 48,300 last October, when the state's unemployment rate was 3.5 percent.

The U.S. unemployment rate in October climbed four-tenths, to 10.2 percent.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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