- Associated Press - Friday, April 18, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Gov. Peter Shumlin says the latest unemployment statistics show Vermont now has the second lowest unemployment rate in the country.

The Vermont Department of Labor announced Friday the state’s unemployment rate dropped three-tenths of a percent last month to 3.4 percent.

Shumlin says it’s the lowest unemployment rate the state has seen since June 2005.

The governor’s office cites national statistics that show only North Dakota has a lower unemployment rate than Vermont.

Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan says a goal for her department now is helping employers find workers.

Unemployment in the state’s 17 labor markets ranged from a low of 2.4 percent in Warren-Waitsfield to 6.6 percent in Newport.

Shumlin says the rate is a reflection of a skilled workforce, great schools, a “remarkable quality of life.”

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