Jobless rate in Mass. rose above the national average

The state is doing better than it was in 2013

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BOSTON (WWLP) – Massachusetts added 9,400 jobs in the month of September; many of them were positions that were restored after the Market Basket feud this past summer.

Despite the growth, the state’s jobless rate rose to 6-percent, the highest since April. It’s also above the national average of 5.9-percent.

22News asked the head of the Office of Labor and Workforce Development whether people should be concerned. Sec. Rachel Kaprielian said, “We’re growing, but we’re growing at a pretty slow and steady clip. These numbers do not reflect anything dramatic and over the last three months we’ve seen gains going forward.”

The state is doing better than it was in 2013. Massachusetts added more than 64-thousand jobs over the past year. The advanced manufacturing sector shed 700 jobs last month, stressing the need to train a reliable workforce.

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