Massachusetts gained jobs for an eighth consecutive month in April while the unemployment rate dropped slightly to 4.7 percent, the state office of Labor and Workforce Development said Thursday.
In the latest job statistics, Massachusetts gained an estimated 13,500 jobs while the unemployment rate dropped to 5.8 percent.
It’s been more than six years since the monthly unemployment rate in Massachusetts has been higher than the U.S. average as a whole.
The state’s economy lost almost 5,000 jobs for the month. Year to date, jobs in the state are up by 31,400.
The Massachusetts unemployment rate continues to fall as the state adds more jobs.
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New figures on Thursday show the state’s jobless rate stood at 6.3 percent in April, down from 6.5 percent in March.
The Massachusetts economy showed more signs of recovery last month as the unemployment rate dropped to 6.5 percent and the state added 8,700 jobs.
State officials say the Massachusetts unemployment rate dropped to 6.8 percent in December, down from 7 percent in November, despite estimates that the state lost about 6,200 jobs last month.
The new jobless rate was the lowest monthly figure since December 2008.