Massachusetts unemployment rate goes up, 4,800 jobs added in July

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FILE – This April 22, 2014, file photo shows an employment application form on a table during a job fair at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, N.Y. The Labor Department said Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, that 244,000 Americans applied for jobless aid last week, up by 6,000 from the previous week.(AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

The unemployment rate in Massachusetts went up slightly to 3.6 percent in July, compared to 3.5 percent in June.

But it’s not all bad news, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the state added 4,800 jobs in July. 

During the past year, the state has added about 67,000 jobs.

Last month’s unemployment rate was also slightly lower than the national rate of 3.9 percent.

Massachusetts’ Labor Secretary said the job gains, combined with low unemployment rates and labor force growth, are signs of the continued health of the Massachusetts labor market.

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