Maine’s unemployment rate continued its decline, reaching 4.1 percent for the month of November led by the Portland metro area rate of 3.1 percent.

October’s rate was 4.3 for the state, according to preliminary data from the state Department of Labor. November’s rate of 4.1 percent was more than a full percentage point lower than the same month last year when the Maine jobless rate was 5.5 percent.

The U.S. preliminary unemployment rate of 5.0 percent was unchanged from October and down from 5.8 percent one year ago.

The New England unemployment rate averaged 4.6 percent. Rates for other states were 3.2 percent in New Hampshire, 3.7 percent in Vermont, 4.7 percent in Massachusetts, 5.2 percent in Rhode Island and 5.1 percent in Connecticut.

Other metro areas that contributed to the state’s low overall percentage were Lewiston-Auburn with 3.6 percent and Bangor with 3.7 percent.