By Staff

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.

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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.

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More than 300,000 workers in Massachusetts lost pandemic assistance from the federal government in September as those enhanced benefits expired.

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