MONTPELIER (AP) - Vermont's unemployment rate has remained unchanged for May, registering at 3.3 percent and ending a streak of seven consecutive months of decreases.

The seasonally-adjusted rate compared to a national average unemployment rate of 6.3 percent, which also held steady for May.

Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan said the monthly data was unchanged despite some staff reductions by several companies. But some larger employers like GMCR/Keurig, Dealer.com and Cabot Cheese have been hiring.

Around the state, unemployment rates for April ranged from a low of 2.8 percent in Hartford to a high of 5.7 percent in Newport.