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Lehigh Valley unemployment levels off

Published On: Jan 28 2013 01:23:17 PM EST
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A new report says the Lehigh Valley's unemployment rate has leveled off.

The state Department of Labor says the jobless rate for the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton area was 8.6 percent in December.

That's the same as it was in November.

It's higher than the state's unemployment rate -- which is 7.9 percent -- and the national rate -- which is 7.8 percent.