Mass­a­chu­setts employers cut jobs for the third con­sec­u­tive month in April, a sign that fed­eral spending cuts and tax increases are slowing the state’s economy and taking a toll on hiring, econ­o­mists said.

Employers trimmed pay­rolls by 1,400 jobs last month, after cut­ting 3,800 jobs in March and 800 in Feb­ruary, the Mass­a­chu­setts Exec­u­tive Office of Labor and Work­force Devel­op­ment reported Thursday. The state unem­ploy­ment rate held steady at 6.4 percent.

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