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The New York State Department of Labor is out with its preliminary local unemployment numbers for April and it's good new for the Utica-Rome area.

The jobless rate was 6.1% last month, down from 8.1% in April of 2013.

Just last week, the Labor Department announced the state's unemployment rate in April fell to 6.7%, its lowest level since December of 2008.