Massachusetts jobless rate falls to 4.5 percent

BOSTON (AP) — State officials say the Massachusetts unemployment rate fell to 4.5 percent in February when an estimated 13,300 jobs were added.

The last time the state’s jobless rate stood as low as 4.5 percent was nearly 15 years ago in November 2001, according to data from the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The state Office of Labor and Workforce Development also said Thursday that revised estimates from the bureau show the state added 1,200 jobs in January. The previous estimate had shown a loss of 2,500 jobs that month.

The February rate was down two-tenths of a point from the 4.7 percent rate in January.

The overall U.S. jobless rate in February stood at 4.9 percent.