State jobless rate drops to 8.2 percent

The state unemployment rate fell in October, but largely because more people dropped out of the labor force, even as the economy added 6,700 jobs.

October’s state employment numbers offered a mixed picture Thursday of the direction of the labor market just before the holiday shopping season.

While the survey of businesses indicated steady job growth, the survey of households that’s used to measure unemployment indicated the rate fell largely because more job-seekers dropped out of the labor force rather than getting hired.