Massachusetts Unemployment Rate Lowest Since 2008

The Massachusetts economy added jobs for the eighth consecutive month and Massachusetts’ unemployment rate has dropped to 4.7 percent, according to the state’s Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development’s monthly report for April.


Massachusetts employers added more than 10,000 jobs in April, after adding 12,000 jobs in March. The biggest job gains in April were in the education and health industries, which added 4,500 jobs last month, and in professional, scientific and health industries, which grew by 3,700 jobs. Leisure and hospitality businesses added 1,900 jobs. Construction, information, and government also grew.


The last time the state’s unemployment rate was at 4.7 percent was in January 2008.


Nationally, the unemployment rate is 5.4 percent.

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