BOSTON (CBS) — Massachusetts’ unemployment rate ticked up slightly to 5% in August, the state’s Labor and Workforce Development announced Friday. It was 4.9% in July.
The national unemployment rate is 5.2%. The Massachusetts labor force grew by nearly 8,000 from July.READ MORE: Judge Will Not Block COVID Vaccine Mandate For Massachusetts Correction Officers
Massachusetts hit a pandemic high of 17.7% unemployment in June of 2020. Since August 2020, it’s estimated that the state has added 184,700 jobs.READ MORE: 'I Know A Lot Of People Who Have Quit': Friday Deadline For Boston Hospital Employees To Get COVID Vaccine
More than 300,000 workers in Massachusetts lost pandemic assistance from the federal government in September as those enhanced benefits expired.MORE NEWS: WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Partners With FEMA On New Emergency Studio In Hull
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