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Mass. unemployment rate rises as economy slows

Massachusetts’ unemployment rate ticked up slightly in July as the state’s economy continued to slow last month, adding just 1,600 jobs, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported Thursday.

The state’s unemployment rate rose to 6.1 percent, from 6 percent in June, the first increase since October 2009. The state jobless rate, however, remains well below the national average, which also rose slightly in July, to 8.3 percent.

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