MONTPELIER (AP) - The Vermont Department of Labor says the state's unemployment rate for January was 4 percent, a drop of two-tenths of one percent from December.

The Vermont rate, the fourth consecutive reported monthly decrease for the state, compares to a national unemployment rate of 6.6 percent for January.

Unemployment in Vermont's 17 labor markets ranged from a low of 2.5 percent in Warren-Waitsfield to a high of 7 percent in the Newport area.

Employment sectors that had significant job growth last month include state government, which added about 1,400 jobs, and professional and business services, 700 jobs.

The most significant declines came from construction, which dropped 800 jobs.


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