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

Labor Commissioner Robert Winglass said Tuesday 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.



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