The statewide unemployment rate was 5.4 percent in August 2016.
The state's unemployment rate ticked down in August and MA added an estimated 10,800 jobs last month, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development announced Thursday.
Between August 2016 and August 2017, MA has added 57,400 jobs, though the unemployment rate has increased from 3.4 percent in August 2016. While still among the lowest rates in records going back to December 2001, the black unemployment rate is more than double that of whites.
The state's labor force rose to 3.7 million in August - an increase of 16,900 people from the previous month.
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Only the Twin Cities area had a bigger gain since August of past year at 2.3 percent.
While Tennessee has seen a decline in its unemployment rate, the national unemployment rate increased from 4.3 to 4.4 percent. Trade transportation and utilities paced gains, up 3,200 from July. "On average Kentucky has added approximately 2,000 jobs per month so far this year".
In August, leisure and hospitality led the declines with a drop of 6,400 jobs from July while education and health services were off 5,300. Manufacturing (-4,600) and mining and logging (-200) were the only sectors to report job losses. The U-6 rate considers not only the unemployed population in the official U-3 unemployment rate, but also "the underemployed and those not looking but wanting a job".More news: Trump says he backs new GOP health care effort
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