Among the battleground states, New Hampshire recorded the lowest jobless rate, 3.7%, followed by Nevada at 4%. Oregon posted the highest rate, 7.4%, with Michigan second at 6.7%.
Chief economist Mark Zandi at Economy.com, a data analysis firm in West Chester, Pa., said the figures reflected trends that had been at work for some time: steady job creation in parts of the South and West, and continuing losses in some Midwestern states.
For that reason, Zandi said, the new figures were unlikely to change political sentiment in states such as Florida or Ohio.
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Two of the biggest job losers this summer were the presidential election battlegrounds of Ohio and Missouri, according to a Labor Department report. Job gains and losses in presidential swing states: