New England joblessness falls slightly in Jan.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The unemployment rate in New England declined in January to 6.7 percent, down nearly a half percentage point from the same month in 2013 and slightly lower than the U.S. rate.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday that Rhode Island’s 9.2 percent unemployment rate was the highest in the nation. It was down from 9.6 percent in January 2013.

In contrast, the jobless rates were 4 percent in Vermont and 4.9 percent in New Hampshire.

Maine’s unemployment rate of 6.2 percent was the only statistically significant change in the region. It was down 0.8 of a percentage point from January 2013.

Connecticut’s unemployment rate fell to 7.2 percent, down from 8 percent.

In Massachusetts, the unemployment rate fell slightly, to 6.8 percent from 6.9 percent.

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