CONCORD, N.H. — New England unemployment rates remained essentially unchanged for February, with New Hampshire and Vermont among the lowest rates in the nation.

The New England Regional Office of the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reports New Hampshire’s unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.2 percent – the fifth lowest in the nation. Vermont, at 4.9 percent, ranks fourth lowest.

The New England unemployment rate averaged 7.1 percent – its lowest since January of 2009.

Rhode Island’s 11 percent unemployment rate places it second in the nation and significantly higher than the national average.

Connecticut, Vermont and Maine all came in markedly lower than their unemployment rates one year ago.


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