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Mass. Unemployment Rate Ticks up to 6.1 Percent

BOSTON (WGGB) – The state has announced announced that Massachusetts’ unemployment rate has ticked up one-tenth of a percent since June.

Statistics released Thursday show that about 1,600 jobs were added in the month of July, to a total of 3,249,300 jobs.

The unemployment rate now sits at 6.1 percent, up from its previous rate of 6.0 percent in June 2012.

This marks the first increase in the rate since October 2009, when the unemployment reached its peak at 8.7 percent.

Among the sectors adding jobs last month were education and health services, professional, scientific and business services, and manufacturing.

Year-to-date, the unemployment rate is down from its July 2011 level of 7.4 percent.


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