Massachusetts gained more than 55,000 jobs in 2013, the largest calendar year increase since 2000, state officials reported Thursday.
The Massachusetts unemployment rate stood at 7.2 percent in October, up slightly from the previous month, while the state added more than 9,000 jobs, according to the state Office of Labor and Workforce Development.
About six months have passed since the college commencement season, and many of those new graduates still don’t have good jobs.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Joe Mathieu says the unemployment rate doen’t tell the whole story.
The unemployment rate in Massachusetts dropped to 6.4 percent in March even as the state lost 5,500 jobs during the month.
The cuts will hit about 45,000 Massachusetts residents who currently receive the benefits.
There is a new breed of truthers on the right. Joining the paranoid ranks of the advocates of a government role in 9-11 and the birthers fascination with President Obama’s birth certificate are conservatives that believe the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is making up jobs numbers to benefit President Obama.
The state says the jobless rate is now at 6.6%, still much lower than the national rate of 7.9%.
The Massachusetts unemployment rate ticked up to 6.6 percent in October even as the state’s economy added nearly 8,000 jobs.
As unemployment hovers around eight percent for the general population, among the visually impaired it is more like 70 percent.