New England News
4:30 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Massachusetts Unemployment Rate Falls In May

The unemployment rate in Massachusetts fell to six percent in May, down from 6.3 percent in April.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.

          The Massachusetts economy has added jobs now for six straight months, according to the employment estimates released by the state’s office of Labor and Workforce Development.. Six of the ten employment sectors added jobs in May, with  Professional, Scientific and Business services leading the way.  The private sector has added an estimated 40 thousand 900 jobs over the year, while government employment has fallen by an estimated 38 hundred positions.  The state’s six percent unemployment rate is far below the national rate, which was 8.2 percent in May