MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Labor officials say Vermont's unemployment rate has dropped to 5.1 percent, the lowest statewide rate since October of 2008.
The national rate is 8.5 percent.
Department of Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan said Tuesday that Vermont appears to be making headway in its economic recovery.
She says she hopes Vermont employers will continue to work with the Labor Department to recruit employees because there are many Vermonters who want to work and need a chance at a job to prove themselves.
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