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NEW: MA Unemployment Rate Steady at 6.7 Percent

Thursday, March 07, 2013

 

The Bay State's unemployment rate held steady at 6.7 percent in January, with 19,300 private sector jobs created and government jobs declining by 3,200, according to a release from the Commonwealth's Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development on Thursday.

Meanwhile, revised benchmark numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also released on Thursday show that Mass. created 92,800 jobs in 2011 and 2012, 32,100 more jobs than previously estimated. Revisions to the statewide unemployment rate also show very little month-to-month change for 2012.

The revised unemployment numbers, drawn from the newly revised data, show that the unemployment rate for every month of 2012 was between 6.6 percent and 6.8 percent.

"We still have work to do to make sure everyone in Massachusetts who wants a job can find one and that companies who want to hire can find the employees they need but these new jobs number based on actual data make me more confident than ever that our investments in innovation, infrastructure and education are helping the Commonwealth recover faster and stronger," said Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Joanne F. Goldstein. "These jobs estimates show a steady job recovery and more continuous job growth compared to previously published estimates for 2011 and 2012."

 

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