National unemployment rates drop

Rate is the lowest since September 2008

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – After a sluggish start to the year, this week’s unemployment numbers are some of the best in years.

The Labor Department reports on Friday, the national unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent – the lowest since September 2008. However, right here in Springfield, the unemployment rate has actually gone up as of last month.

One resident told 22News today’s job market requires skilled workers… and unfortunately not everyone has the means to afford a college education.

“A lot of people they don’t get a lot of chances in this lifetime to do what they want to do, or have the education they want to have. And without those credentials and those skills, you’re kind of stuck,” said Amanda Hoesli.

Although the job market might be a bit tougher in Springfield, the government says US job openings are at their highest in seven years, and layoffs have dropped to a pre-recession low.

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