New England News
12:12 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

MA Unemployment Rate Remains Unchanged in February

BOSTON, MA (WAMC) - The unemployment rate in Massachusetts was unchanged in February even as a report said the state's economy added jobs. WAMC's Paul Tuthill reports...

The unemployment rate in Massachusetts has been stuck at 6.9 percent for three consecutive months, according to the state's Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. 

Kevin Lynn of the FutureWorks Career Center in Springfield says it's a sign people who'd given up looking for work are returning to the labor market.

"Which means that they're going to be counted in the unemployment sector, so when the government does a survey of unemployment, they could actually cause the unemployment rate to tick up some, so I wouldn't get overly concerned if it does that." 

Lynn said employers are showing more confidence in the economic recovery. State officials said Massachusetts added 9,100 jobs in February.

Paul Tuthill, WAMC News. 

 

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