State’s unemployment rate drops to lowest point since 2007


BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The state’s unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been since December 2007. Labor Secretary Ronald Walker told 22News that it’s a good sign and that it means the state’s economy is growing.

The state’s unemployment rate fell to 4.6 percent in May. That means nearly 7,500 more Massachusetts residents were working last month. The construction sector saw the largest job gains last month followed by the trade, transportation and finance industries.

State Labor Secretary Walker told 22News that Massachusetts is among the fastest states to recover after the recession of 2007.

Although the economy is growing, nearly 170,000 Massachusetts residents are still out of work, and actively searching for a job. Secretary Walker suggests looking into the manufacturing sector.

“Some think it’s your grandfather’s manufacturing world of dirty manufacturing plants,” he told 22News, “but no. It’s technology-based, skilled-based and computer technology.”

June’s unemployment numbers for Massachusetts will be released in mid-July.

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