The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported on May 16th that Massachusetts’ total unemployment rate remained steady through April at 6.4 percent. They also announced that Massachusetts lost 1,400 jobs in April, and it was the third consecutive month that the state’s economy lost jobs.
While there was an overall job loss, some sectors did see growth: the Professional, Scientific, and Business Services, Information, and Education and Health Services, all added jobs in April. Over the first four months of 2013 Massachusetts has added 12,900 jobs, and over the course of the past year, Massachusetts has added a total of 46,200 jobs. The state is also faring better than the country as a whole, with the current national unemployment rate is 7.5 percent.
Although these numbers may seem like they are giving a mixed message; the most important thing to remember is jobs are being added. This simple fact is good news for recent graduates and all candidates looking for a new job in Massachusetts.