AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Unemployment ticked up very slightly in the state of Maine in September.

The Maine Department of Labor says the unemployment rate rose from 3.2 percent in August to 3.3 percent last month. The rate is unchanged from a year ago, and it has also been below 4 percent for nearly three years.

The nationwide rate of 3.7 percent was down from 3.9 percent for August and 4.2 percent a year ago. The New England unemployment rate stayed the same at 3.6 percent. The highest rate in the region was in Connecticut, where it was 4.2 percent, and lowest in New Hampshire, where it was 2.7 percent.

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