The Mass­a­chu­setts unem­ploy­ment rate inched up to 6.3 per­cent in August, the second straight monthly increase.

It reflects a slowing economy,” said North­eastern Uni­ver­sity econ­o­mist Alan Clayton-​​Matthews, who noted the finan­cial prob­lems in Europe in par­tic­ular have hurt because the region accounts for 40 per­cent of Massachusetts’s exports.

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