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Mass. jobless rate rises to 6.6% in October

Economy added 7,900 jobs

Massachusetts’ employers added 7,900 jobs while the unemployment rate ticked higher for the fourth straight month to 6.6 percent in October, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported Thursday.

While the state added jobs, it did not add enough to absorb the number of people looking for work causing the unemployment rate to rise. Massachusetts unemployment rate has risen from a low of 6 percent in June, but remains significantly lower than the nation’s unemployment rate, which was 7.9 percent in October.

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