Unemployment rates dropped in most swing states last month, the Labor Department reported Friday, a potential boon to President Barack Obama’s reelection effort.
Seven of the 10 states identified as toss-ups by RealClearPolitics — including Florida, Iowa and Ohio — registered monthly declines in joblessness. Compared to September 2011, eight states saw a drop in unemployment.
Among swing states, the jobless rate rose on a monthly basis only in Pennsylvania, ticking up to 8.2% from 8.1% in August. Unemployment held steady in Virginia at 5.9% and in New Hampshire at 5.7%.
The U.S. average fell by 0.3 percentage points to 7.8% in September…
Unemployment drops in most swing states