- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - The Massachusetts unemployment rate has dipped below 3 percent for the first time in nearly 16 years.

The state office of Labor and Workforce Development said Thursday that the November jobless rate fell to 2.9 percent from 3.3 percent in October, and that Massachusetts added an estimated 5,800 jobs over the previous month.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says the state has gained more than 67,000 jobs so far this year.

The unemployment rate has rate has dropped in five consecutive months, and the last time it was as low as 2.9 percent was January 2001.

Massachusetts also remains well below the national jobless rate which stood at 4.6 percent in November.

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