Mass. unemployment rate down, state loses jobs
BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts unemployment rate dropped in April but the state is also reporting a net loss of jobs during the month.
The state Department of Labor and Workforce Development said the unemployment rate fell to 6 percent from 6.3 percent in March. The jobless rate has dropped a full percentage point from the April 2013 rate of 7 percent.
Preliminary estimates from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics show the state lost 3,000 private sector jobs in April, and 1,600 jobs overall.
The bureau, however, also released revised estimates showing the state gained 9,200 jobs in March, up from the earlier estimate of 8,100 jobs gained during the month.