The state unem­ploy­ment rate rose for the fourth con­sec­u­tive month in October as the Mass­a­chu­setts economy grew too slowly to absorb an influx of workers seeking jobs.

Econ­o­mists have warned in recent months that the Mass­a­chu­setts economy is slowing in the face of global eco­nomic slow­down and uncer­tainty about US tax and spending poli­cies. Con­gress is now trying to reach a com­pro­mise to avoid a com­bi­na­tion of steep tax increases and deep budget cuts known as the fiscal cliff.

Although the October [job cre­ation] num­bers are a pleasant sur­prise, it’s not an indi­ca­tion that now the economy has picked up steam again and there’s nothing to worry about,” said North­eastern Uni­ver­sity eco­nomics pro­fessor ­Alan Clayton-​​Matthews. “I’m still con­cerned the economy is growing slowly.”

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