State Unemployment Hits Lowest Level Since 2008

By Cristina Quinn

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May 17, 2012

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development released new figures on May 17 showing that the state's jobless rate dipped to 6.3 percent in April, down from 6.5 percent in March.  

The biggest growth was in the professional, scientific and business sectors. Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Joanne Goldstein said that's consistent with Gov. Deval Patrick’s mandate to highlight the innovation economy.

It’s an area we are investing in and that the private sector is investing in as well. And it’s an area that provides sustainable jobs both in terms of longevity and quality,” Goldstein said.

Areas that lost jobs last month include manufacturing and construction. Goldstein said her office is working to create jobs in all sectors "by providing training to dislocated workers, working with the community colleges to ensure training — particularly in the middle skills where we have a gap between individual skill sets and employer needs.”

The national unemployment rate was 8.1 percent in April.
 
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