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Area unemployment rate falls to 5.2 percent

Buffalo Niagara's unemployment rate dipped to 5.2 percent in March, from 5.4 percent a year ago.

The statewide unemployment rate was 4.4 percent, down from 5.1 percent in March 2016. The national rate was 4.6, also a drop from 5.1 percent last year.

The Buffalo Niagara region's March jobless rate has fallen for five consecutive years, according to state Labor Department data. The 5.2 percent rate was the lowest for March since 2007.

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