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Unemployment in Alaska falls to 6.5 percent

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- Alaska's unemployment rate hit its lowest level in 4 ½ years last month, falling to 6.5 percent.

That seasonally adjusted preliminary rate compares to 6.7 percent in January and 7.1 percent in February 2012.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, last month's mark would be the lowest level in Alaska since August 2008, when unemployment also stood at 6.5 percent.

U.S. employment in February was 7.7 percent.