The Massachusetts Office of Labor and Workforce Development says the state’s economy added 13,800 new jobs in July. The Massachusetts unemployment rate has edged up from 5.5 percent to 5.6 percent.
The state’s labor force increased by 9,500 in July, with about 55 percent of that figure finding work. That a bunch of new people were seeking work, along with a new estimate showing a decrease in June’s jobs figure, would likely account for the uptick in unemployment. The labor force had decreased each of the past three months prior to July. The unemployment rate does not account for those who are not seeking work, or those who are working part-time but would like to be working more.
The state added 2,500 jobs in June—revised downward from a previous estimate of 3,700—and more than 10,000 in May.
Sector by sector, the biggest July jobs gains were seen in Professional, Scientific, and Business Services (5,000 jobs); Education and Health Services (3,800); and a tie between Construction and Trade, Transportation, and Utilities with 1,900 jobs for each. Government lost 2,200 jobs last month, the only sector to see losses.
The nation’s economy added 209,000 jobs in July, putting the US unemployment rate at 6.2 percent.