Unemployment rate in Massachusetts stays at 6.7%

200469426-001Last week it was reported by the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development that the unemployment rate for Massachusetts stayed steady throughout January at 6.7%.  The unemployment rate for December had also been at 6.7%.  Although the unemployment rate didn’t improve through the first month of 2013, jobs were added.  According to the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, Massachusetts added 16,100 jobs in January. Massachusetts is also faring better than the country as a whole, as the U.S. unemployment rate is currently at 7.9%.  The future for the job market still seems unclear; jobs are being added and the stock market is doing well, but the federal budget debates in Washington as well as the economic troubles overseas could have an effect on the local unemployment rates in the upcoming months.  And while employment remains strong in Massachusetts, finding top talent is still challenging.