Massachusetts’ jobless rate holds steady, 11K jobs added


BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts unemployment rate held steady at 4.6 percent in October, but preliminary numbers show the state added about 11,000 new jobs last month.

The state office of Labor and Workforce Development said Thursday that Massachusetts has gained 62,800 jobs so far in 2015.

In addition to the estimated increase of 11,000 jobs last month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said it revised its September job estimates to show the state lost 2,200 jobs, rather than the 7,100 jobs loss reported earlier.

The September losses snapped a streak of 12 consecutive months of job gains in the state.

The U.S. jobless rate in October was 5 percent.

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