BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts unemployment rate is continuing to fall.

In April the rate dropped to 7.8 percent, down from 8 percent in March and well below the national unemployment rate of 9 percent.

That’s down from a state high of 8.8 percent in October 2009. Helping drive down the rate was the addition of 19,500 jobs in April.

The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development said gains occurred in several sectors, including leisure and hospitality, transportation, education, health services, manufacturing, financial services and construction.

Government and other services shed jobs.

Gov. Deval Patrick called the report “hopeful news” that shows the state is continuing a robust recovery. He credited the recovery in part to investments in education and the state’s infrastructure.

Since January, 34,200 jobs have been added in the Commonwealth.

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Comments (5)
  1. Sharon Neth says:

    I wish that they took a look out in north central MA were the jobs are VERY hard to come by for more realistic numbers of the unemployed? Mr. Patrick always seems to forget (more likely ignore) our area of Massachusetts? We need new industry here and not just stupid gambling either!

  2. GB says:

    unemployment is down because some peoples funds ran out… not because more people are working….and the percentage just went up again… add me to the rolls… :(

  3. tom says:

    The economy is not good. Thats it. And central massachusetts is a major issue.

  4. Denise says:

    Watch out GB… You and are are considered “repukes” by someone named Sam because we think the unemployment rate is lower because the government stopped paying people – not because people have found jobs! he/she commented on my post from the other day about unemployement being down.

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