Massachusetts Unemployment Rates Drops to 6.5%, Lowest Rate in Over 3 Years

According to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, the state’s unemployment rate fell to 6.5 percent in March, down from 6.9 percent in February and the lowest rate since November 2008. Massachusetts added 8,700 jobs in March.

The sectors that gained the most jobs in Massachusetts were Professional, Scientific and Business Services; Trade, Transportation and Utilities; and the Education and Health Services sectors.

Massachusetts’ unemployment rate remains lower than the national average, which is 8.2 percent.

Massachusetts Unemployment Rate Continues to Hold Steady

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development released the state’s unemployment numbers for February today and Massachusetts continues to hold steady at 6.9 percent for the third month in a row. The Massachusetts economy added 9,100 jobs in February and the agency revised its number for January by reporting that the local economy added 13,900 jobs that month instead of the 6,600 jobs previously reported.