Massachusetts Unemployment Rate Rises Slightly

Although Massachusetts employers added 1,600 jobs last month, the State’s unemployment rate rose slightly from 6 to 6.1 percent, according to the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

These numbers mark the first time in nearly 3 years that the unemployment level has increased, but officials said the unemployment rate is down 1.3 percentage points from the previous July.

Massachusetts’ unemployment rate is better than the national average unemployment rate of 8.3 percent.

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