May unemployment rate in 4 New England states lower than US

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Labor says the unemployment rate in New England last month was essentially unchanged at 4.9 percent.

The agency said Tuesday that jobless rates in four of the six states in May were significantly different from the national rate of 5.5 percent. The unemployment rates were lower in Vermont, at 3.6 percent, 3.8 percent in New Hampshire, 4.6 percent in Massachusetts and 4.7 percent in Maine.

Connecticut’s unemployment rate was 6 percent and Rhode Island’s was 5.9 percent.

They were among 19 states with unemployment rates slightly different from the national jobless rate.

The region’s labor force grew less than 2 percent, to 7.9 million, from about 7.8 million in May 2014. In contrast, the national labor force of 157.5 million increased by nearly 6 percent.

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