At 3.9 Percent, Mass. Jobless Rate Up Full Point Since November

The unemployment rate in Massachusetts rose to 3.9 percent in April with 3.55 million residents working and 143,100 unemployed, state labor officials said Thursday.

There were 21,200 more people employed in April than in March and 11,800 more unemployed, according to the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

The state unemployment rate, up from 3.6 percent in March, has risen each month since hitting a low of 2.9 percent in November. The latest national unemployment rate is 4.4 percent.

The biggest job gains over the month were in the professional, scientific and business services sector, which added 6,100 jobs. The leisure and hospitality sector lost 2,400 jobs.

From April 2016 to April 2017, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the state added 58,600 jobs, with 3,900 jobs added in April.


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