Mass. jobless rate rises for third straight month
The Massachusetts unemployment rate edged up slightly to 6.5 percent in September from 6.3 percent in August as the state’s economy added 5,100 jobs last month, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported Thursday morning. The state’s unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in July. Meanwhile, the current US unemployment rate is 7.8 percent, its lowest level in nearly four years.