California unemployment rate hits 12.5 percent

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says California was one of 29 states reporting unemployment rate increases. Only three states -- Michigan, Nevada and Rhode Island -- had higher rates than California last month.

The rate is just slightly higher than September, when officials reported a jobless rate of 12.2 percent. It was 8 percent a year ago.

The national unemployment rate rose to 10.2 percent in October.

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