More Massachusetts Residents Unemployed Despite More Jobs Available

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Massachusetts' total unemployment rate increased by two-tenths of a percentage point at 5.2% despite an estimated 11,900 job gain in September, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development announced Friday.

The largest over the month private sector job gains were in Education and Health Services.

Since September of last year, The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated Massachusetts gained 175,200 jobs. Unemployment rates from 2020 were still much higher, at around 10% with the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down many businesses. September's state unemployment rate was 0.4% higher than the national rate of 4.8%.

From August, 3,800 more state residents became employed, though 7,500 residents became unemployed.

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