Jobless rate in Mass. continues to inch upward

bGlobeBy Lauren Feiner | Boston Globe

The Massachusetts unemployment rate in June again inched upward, hitting 4.3 percent in a month where officials said employers added 10,000 jobs.

Since the beginning of 2017, the jobless rate in Massachusetts has steadily risen from 3.2 percent in January, even though nearly 63,000 more people now have jobs than six months ago, according to the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

After outperforming the US economy as a whole on this important measure, the state’s jobless rate is now nearly even with the national rate of 4.4 percent.

But Northeastern University economics professor Alan Clayton-Matthews said the numbers do not suggest a worsening outlook.

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