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ND unemployment rates drops in last two months

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s unemployment rate dropped from 4.8% in August to 3.8% in September, nearly half that of the national rate, the state’s job service agency said Tuesday.

Job Service North Dakota said there were 4,432 fewer unemployed people between the two months. The state typically sees a moderate decrease in unemployment numbers between August and September, Job Service officials said.

The state unemployment rate in September 2019 was two percentage points lower than the current rate.

The national seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September was 7.7%. It was 8.5%t the prior month and 3.3%t the prior year.