Mass. unemployment rate down to pre-recession level

Rate has dropped to 5.5%

BOSTON (WWLP) – Massachusetts’ unemployment rate is now lower than it has been at any time since the beginning of the Great Recession. New numbers released Thursday by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development show that Massachusetts’ unemployment rate is down to 5.5%. The new numbers from the month of June represent a 0.1% decrease from May’s unemployment rate.

The state added a net total of 3,700 jobs during the month of June, with the largest increases being in education and health services (6,000 jobs), and the largest losses being in manufacturing (1,100 jobs).

The new figures show that Massachusetts’ unemployment rate is the lowest that it has been since August of 2008.

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