AUGUSTA — The Maine Labor Department says the state’s October unemployment rate was 7.3 percent, a slight drop from September’s revised figure.

Labor Commissioner Robert Winglass says October’s preliminary rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than September’s 7.5 percent, and 0.3 percentage point lower than the October 2010 rate.

Maine’s October 2011 figure compares to the national 9 percent unemployment rate.

The Labor Department says the number of Maine unemployed workers in October totaled 50,700, down 2,100 from a year ago.

The U.S. unemployment rate was 9.0 percent, little changed from 9.1 percent in September and down from 9.7 percent a year ago.