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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.

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