MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's unemployment rate has dropped below 5 percent for the first time in nearly three and a half years.

The state Department of Labor says the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February in Vermont was 4.9 percent, down two-tenths of a percent from the January figure.

Vermont had the fourth-lowest unemployment among the states in February. The national rate remained at 8.3 percent.

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