Mass. unemployment falls to 9 percent
The Massachusetts unemployment rate dropped to 9 percent in June from 9.2 percent in May, and the state rate remained below the 9.5 percent national rate, the state's labor agency reported today.
The Bay State's private sector added 3,400 jobs; it was the sixth straight month of private sector growth, said the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, which added that government lost 2,900 jobs.
"The preliminary June total jobs estimate of 3,182,300 (up 500 jobs) follows a revised May estimate of 3,181,800 total jobs," the executive office said.
The office added, "The labor force decreased by 7,500 from 3,486,200 in May as 400 more residents were employed and 8,000 fewer residents were unemployed over the month."