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.
The health and education sector added the most jobs last month, about 5,500.
The January unemployment rate was the lowest since May 2008.
Market Basket workers whose hours have been cut to zero can seek unemployment benefits.
A Somerville woman has pleaded guilty to charges that she collected more than $58,000 in unemployment benefits on her husband’s behalf while he was behind bars.
Boston-based Jobs for the Future is the only national program to win a grant from the Youth Career Connect funds.
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.