Maine jobless rate down slightly in July

Posted Aug. 19, 2011, at 3:43 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Labor Department says the state’s unemployment rate dropped by 0.1 percentage point to 7.7 percent in July.

The department said Friday that the new preliminary figure changed little from June’s revised rate of 7.8 percent, and 7.8 percent a year ago.

Maine’s latest rate also compares favorably to the national unemployment rate, 9.1 percent, little changed from 9.2 percent in June.

The number of unemployed in Maine totaled 53,200 in July, down 1,000 from a year ago.