You can now read 10 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

The Boston Globe


Mass. jobless rate rises for third straight month

The Massachusetts unemployment rate edged upward for the third straight month, climbing to 6.5 percent in September, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported Thursday.

The state’s unemployment rate maintained a recent low of 6 percent in June, but rose to 6.1 percent in July and 6.3 percent in August, before rising again last month. The trend was anticipated by economists, who said the current global slowdown, uncertainty about US tax policy, and other factors, such as rising gas prices, have contributed to a climate of uncertainty and slowed hiring.

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week