The Mass­a­chu­setts unem­ploy­ment rate ticked upward to 6.7 per­cent in December, the sev­enth straight month that the rate held steady or increased, state offi­cials said Thursday.

The job­less rate has slowly risen from 6 per­cent since May and added a tenth of one per­centage point last month. But the state also added 7,500 jobs in December and 51,000 jobs last year. That helped to trim the unem­ploy­ment rate from 6.9 per­cent a year ago and a peak of 8.7 per­cent in October 2009.

Alan Clayton-​​Matthews, an econ­o­mist at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, said the state’s economy is expe­ri­encing slow to mod­erate growth “and that’s about as good as you can expect right now, con­sid­ering events in Europe and the slow­down in the world.”

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