The Massachusetts unemployment rate was 7.2 percent for October, compared with 7.1 percent for September, and 7.2 percent for August. Because of the recent temporary shutdown of the federal government, the jobless numbers for September were delayed and not issued until Friday.
During October, the state’s economy added 9,100 jobs, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development said in a Friday press release. The economy’s private sector added 9,300 jobs, but government agencies lost 200 jobs.
The US unemployment rate was 7.3 percent for October.
Among the sectors of the Massachusetts economy that gained jobs in October were leisure and hospitality, education and health services, construction, and financial services.
Manufacturing was a sector that lost jobs.
Massachusetts had put off issuing the state’s unemployment numbers for September because of the federal government’s partial shutdown. The Massachusetts data is analyzed and compiled by the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The state’s labor agency said Friday that 9,400 jobs were added in September and that the September unemployment rate was 7.1 percent.