The unemployment rate stood at 4.93 per cent at the end of October, up by 0.04 per cent compared to September, the number of unemployed persons standing at 444,000 persons, Mediafax informs. The unemployment rate at the end of October was 2.15 per cent lower than the one registered in the same month last year, the National Employment Agency (ANOFM) informs. The total number of unemployed persons stood at 444,000 persons at the end of October, 4,072 persons more than at the end of the previous month. In what concerns gender distribution, the men’s unemployment rate grew from 4.99 per cent in September to 5.05 per cent in October, while the women’s unemployment rate grew from 4.78 per cent to 4.81 per cent. Drops in the unemployment rate were registered in 17 counties and Bucharest.