MONTPELIER (AP) - Vermont's unemployment rate continues to decline. The seasonally adjusted rate dropped a 10th of a percentage point in April to 4 percent.

That's the third lowest in the country. The national average was 7.5 percent, also down a 10th of a percentage point from March.

In the state's 17 local labor market areas, the non-seasonally adjusted rates for April ranged from 2.9 percent in the Hartford area to 7.3 percent in Newport.

Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan says the state needs to keep up its job training efforts to keep its workforce more resilient against future economic downturns.

"It is great news that Vermont's unemployment rate has dropped yet again, and we continue to have the third lowest rate in the nation," Gov. Peter Shumlin stated in a release, Friday afternoon. "The unemployment rate traditionally fluctuates, but this steady decline reflects what I'm hearing from employers as I travel the state -- that they are looking for skilled workers to fill their job openings. Vermont's 4 percent unemployment rate, 3.5 points lower than the national rate, makes clear that Vermont is a great place to live and work."