Massachusetts jobless rate holds steady at 6 percent in October, but state adds jobs

Associated Press

The state's office of Labor and Workforce Development says Massachusetts gained an estimated 1,200 jobs in October, but the state's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6 percent.

The monthly report on Thursday also included a downward revision in job growth for September. The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics said the state gained 7,800 jobs in that month, down from the previous estimate of 9,400.

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Still, officials say Massachusetts has added more than 50,000 private sector jobs in the past 12 months.

The state's labor force increased by about 14,000 in October, with 16,400 additional residents employed and 2,300 fewer people without a job.

For the second consecutive month, the state's unemployment rate was above the national average. The U.S. rate stood at 5.8 percent in October, the lowest since 2008.