The unemployment rate in North Dakota continued its downward trend in May, taking a slight dip from April, according to a monthly jobs report released Friday by Job Service North Dakota.

The non-seasonally adjusted rate saw a 2.4 percent unemployment rate across the state, down from April’s rate of 2.6 percent.

Unemployment has held steady for much of this year after hitting 3.3 percent in January. It has stayed under 4 percent since January 2013.

Labor Market Information manager Michael Ziesch in Bismarck said in a statement that the state’s unemployment rate “continued a regular pattern with a slight drop over the month” between April and May.

The labor market gained almost 8,000 jobs between April and May, according to the report. Almost 6,000 of those jobs were new, added in the construction, hospitality, and mining and logging industries.

Overall, May jobs were up more 20,000 over last May.

North Dakota’s unemployment rate has been well under the national average for at least the past 10 years. Unemployment in the U.S. stayed steady at 6.3 percent last month - down from 7.5 from just a year before.