AUGUSTA — The Maine Labor Department says the state’s December unemployment rate was 7 percent, unchanged from the November figure.

Labor Commissioner Robert Winglass said today the preliminary 7 percent figure for December is also lower than the 7.5 percent rate a year earlier.

The number of unemployed totaled 48,700, down 3,800 from a year ago.

Maine’s unemployment rate for December is lower than the national rate of 8.5 percent, down from 8.7 percent in November and 9.4 percent one year ago.

The Labor Department says the state figures continue to be volatile from month to month and are subject to significant revisions.


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