Jobless rate shows small improvement in November

Innovation and professional services sectors saw strong gains in November

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BOSTON (WWLP) – The state’s unemployment rate is heading in the right direction if only in small steps.

The jobless rate in Massachusetts fell slightly in the month of November, showing positive signs for western Massachusetts. Massachusetts employers added more than 13,000 jobs last month, bringing the unemployment rate down to 5.8 percent.

The state’s workforce chief says people are finding jobs all across Massachusetts, not just in the Greater Boston area.

The innovation and professional services sectors saw strong gains in November. Even industries that weren’t doing so well in the past picked up traction.

Mass. Labor Secretary Rachel Kaprielian told 22News, “Financial services and manufacturing; those had been lagging behind some other sectors but those are really solid job opportunities, solid areas of growth.”

Secretary Kaprielian says job growth in the state is slow, but steady. She expects that trend to continue in 2015.

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