Massachusetts Jobless Rate Drops While Adding 13,000+ Jobs
Massachusetts added 13,500 jobs in November compared to only 1,600 the previous month.
Meanwhile the state’s unemployment fell by one-fifth a percentage point — to tie with the national average, which has remained stagnant at 5.8 percent.
The number of jobs added last month is record-breaking, said the state’s Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rachel Kaprielian.
“It is definitely higher certainly than most averages in most years, so we are seeing real recovery from the recession and far beyond what we had best hope,” Kaprielian said.
Kaprielian said the Commonwealth is currently at its highest employment level in nearly 25 years.
And at this time last year the unemployment rate was 7.1 percent, which is 1.3 points higher than today’s jobless rate.
Education and health services as well as financial activities saw the highest job growth but overall Kaprielian said the growth was spread out.
“That is what we like to see, we don’t want to see one sector taking off and everything else sort of anemic. But we are seeing a board base set of gains …read more