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Mass. Unemployment Rate Drops to 6 Percent

The national unemployment rate is currently 6.3 percent.

The Massachusetts Statehouse. File photo.
The Massachusetts Statehouse. File photo.

The state unemployment rate in April dropped to 6 percent—down a full percentage point from a year ago.

The trade, transportation and utility sector saw the most growth, with 3,400 new jobs added in the last month, according to state statistics. The leisure and hospitality sector fared the worst, with 4,300 jobs lost over the last month.

The state's unemployment rate improved from its March level of 6.3 percent.

The national unemployment rate in April was 6.3 percent, down from 6.7 percent.

Since April 2013, Massachusetts added 46,200 jobs, according to state figures.

Read the latest Massachusetts unemployment report

Dennis Naughton May 16, 2014 at 10:07 PM
Ha Ha Ha Ha!
steve forte May 17, 2014 at 07:19 AM
If the unemployment rate keeps going down then why are some coming unglued about food stamps being cut by somewhere around 3 %.?
JohnnyMass May 17, 2014 at 09:00 AM
Because lazy leeches won't work-period! How many food stamp and EBT layabouts are voting Republican this November?
Stephen Prone May 22, 2014 at 07:03 PM
Larry, anyone with an 85 IQ or more could understand I was talking %'s. 62% working today, 62% working in the Great Depr. It is impossible to maintain an economy, or a functioning society with so few people working. And there is no "maybe" Greece tried it, doesn't work in the long run.

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