Maine’s February unemployment rate of 3.2 percent was the lowest since December 2000.

The most recent jobless rate was released Friday by the Maine Department of Labor.

It shows that the preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.2 percent was down from 3.5 percent in January and 3.7 percent one year ago.

The report said the rate was below 4 percent in 13 of the last 16 months, only the third time there’s been such a run in the last 40 years.

Nationally, the unemployment rate of 4.7 percent was little changed from 4.8 percent in January and 4.9 percent one year ago.

In New England, the unemployment rate averaged 3.7 percent. Rates for other states were 2.7 percent in New Hampshire, 3.0 percent in Vermont, 3.4 percent in Massachusetts, 4.5 percent in Rhode Island, and 4.7 percent in Connecticut.

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