New England News
6:20 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Massachusetts Jobless Rate Increases To 7 Percent

The Massachusetts unemployment rate rose to 7 percent in June, up from 6.6 percent in May, even as the state’s economy added 2,800 jobs.

Earlier in the year, the Massachusetts economy was adding jobs at a fast rate, encouraging more people to seek work.  But now the pace of job growth has slowed, so the unemployment rate is up.  Kevin Lynn, business manager at the Future Works Career Center in Springfield, said the last few months have been a mixed bag when it comes to both job postings and new hires.

The health care industry continued to be the top job generator in June. Hiring was also up in the leisure and hospitality and construction sectors.