Mass. Unemployment Ticked Down to 5.5 Percent in June

The Massachusetts unemployment rate dipped to 5.5 percent in May.
The Massachusetts unemployment rate dipped to 5.5 percent in May.
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The Massachusetts unemployment rate inched down to 5.5 percent in June while adding 3,700 jobs, according to the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

The unemployment rate in May was 5.6 percent, down from 6.0 percent in April. The state revised the May numbers to find that 10,300 jobs—rather than the previously-reported 9,100—were added that month.

The education and health services sector in Massachusetts added 6,000 jobs in June. Trade, transportation, and utilities added 900, and government added 900. The manufacturing sector lost 1,100 jobs, while the construction, leisure and hospitality, and catch-all other services sectors each lost 900.

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The release comes on the back of the national unemployment numbers for June, put out earlier this month. Those figures showed the country to have added 288,000 jobs in the month, bringing the national unemployment rate down to 6.1 percent.

The nation is still struggling with a smaller-than-ideal labor force, as well as high numbers of workers who would prefer to work more. The Massachusetts labor force has grown in the past year. It shrunk slightly by about 500 in June. The state’s participation rate of 64.4 percent is higher than the national rate of 62.8 percent.