WASHINGTON — The unemployment rate hit 10.2% in the United States last month, the highest level since 1983. The rate increased 0.4% over September levels. Since the start of the recession in December 2007, the number of unemployed people has risen by 8.2 million, and the unemployment rate has grown by 5.3 percentage points, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics here. Among other statistics cited by the bureau: Construction employment decreased by 62,000 in October. Since December ...
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