Massachusetts Unemployment Rate Rises in August; Impacted by Market Basket Shut Down

The unemployment rate in Massachusetts rose to 5.8 percent in August, up from 5.6 percent in July. The state lost 5,300 jobs in August, according to a report from the state Office of Labor and Workforce Development that specified “temporary employment disruptions in the retail sector” contributing to the loss of 9,800 jobs in the retail sector.

The U.S. unemployment rate is 6.1 percent.

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