Massachusetts unemployment rate now down to 3.6%

State is well below national average of 5.0%

BOSTON (WWLP) – The unemployment rate continues to go down in Massachusetts, and is now at a 15-year low. Numbers for the month of September show unemployment at just 3.6% statewide, a 0.3% decline from August, and a 1.2% improvement from the same time last year.

In fact, the state’s jobless rate hasn’t been this low since June 2001.

Massachusetts employers added a total of 5,100 jobs in September, according to a new report by the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

The sectors of the workforce in which the most jobs were added were education and health services, leisure and hospitality, government, and manufacturing. Sectors that lost jobs included trade, transporation, and utilities, construction, and information.

Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Ronald Walker considers the latest employment numbers to be “good news for the Commonwealth.” State Representative Paul Tucker (D-Salem) agrees, telling 22News that the unemployed are actively looking for work.

“Historic unemployment lows. We’ve come back from the terrible recession from not too long ago, and I think things are headed in a better direction,” Tucker said.

Massachusetts’ unemployment rate is well below the national unemployment rate of 5.0%.