MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Vermont Department of Labor says the state’s unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of 1 percent last month and the state’s employers are now struggling to find talent.

The 3 percent unemployment rate for August compares with a rate of 3.1 percent in July and 3.2 percent in August 2016.

Unemployment in the state’s 17 labor markets range from a low of 2.5 percent in both White River Junction and Burlington to 4.8 percent in Derby.

Labor Commissioner Lindsay Kurrle says the continued economic expansion, combined with demographic shifts in the state, pose a challenge to Vermont businesses seeking to attract and retain workers.

Kurrle says jobs are available across the spectrum of education and experience.