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State Unemployment Rate Falls in April, but Economy Loses Jobs

The Massachusetts unemployment rate fell to 6.0 percent in April, but the state lost 1,600 jobs.
The Massachusetts unemployment rate fell to 6.0 percent in April, but the state lost 1,600 jobs.File photo

Massachusetts lost 1,600 jobs in April, including 3,000 in the private sector, but the state’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.0 percent.

The information was released this morning by the state’s Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

The leisure and hospitality sector lost 4,300 jobs in the month, accounting for the biggest losses. Professional, scientific, and business services lost 2,000.

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The state saw gains in the trade, transportation, and utilities sector, where it added 3,400 jobs. Government also added 1,400 jobs.

The state’s unemployment rate has fallen by a full percentage point since last April, and fell from 6.3 percent in March. The unemployment rate shrunk despite the job losses because the overall labor force shrunk, and because of revisions upward to an already-strong March jobs report.

The Massachusetts report comes on the heels of April’s national report, released earlier this month. That report saw the U.S. unemployment rate drop to 6.3 percent from 6.7 percent as the economy added 288,000 jobs. However, the nation also saw a drop in overall labor force participation.

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