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Jobless rate up in Mass. for 2d month

The Massachusetts unemployment rate inched up to 6.3 percent in August, the second straight monthly increase and another sign that the local economy is slowing.

The state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported Thursday that the state shed a net 4,800 jobs last month, pushing the unemployment rate up from 6.1 percent in July. The losses would have been steeper except for an unexpected burst of hiring by federal and state government agencies.

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