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Utah unemployment down slightly last month

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- New labor statistics show Utah's unemployment rate has improved slightly from last month and remains well below the national rate.

The newest numbers show 4.9 percent of the state's work force was unemployed in March. That's a 4 percent improvement from the same month last year.

The national unemployment rate is 7.6 percent.

The Utah Department of Workforce Services says the state saw notable job increases in March from the year before in the transportation industry. Other notable job gains occurred in the leisure and hospitality industry, and in professional and business services.