- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 1, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire officials say the state’s unemployment rate dipped below 3 percent for January.

The state employment security office says the preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.9 percent, a decrease of two tenths of a percentage point from the December rate of 3.1 percent.

The January 2015 seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.8 percent.

The state estimates that 718,990 people were employed last month, an increase of 1,670 from the previous month and an increase of 6,040 from January 2015.

Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January was 4.9 percent, down from 5 percent in December, and a decrease of nearly a percentage point from January 2015.

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