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Vt. jobless rate stays at 4.6 percent in August

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont's unemployment rate in August stayed at the 4.6 percent mark it had hit a month earlier, while the national rate dropped a 10 of a percentage point to 7.3 percent.

Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan says there was an uptick in construction jobs, though that industry remains at near recessionary lows.

Transportation and utilities also showed signs of life, while there were job losses in leisure and hospitality and in manufacturing.

Non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates in the state's 17 labor market areas ranged from 2.8 percent in the Hartford area to 5.2 percent in the Newport area.