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    State loses jobs for third month in row

    Mass. lost 1,400 jobs in April; unemployment rate remains 6.4 percent

    The Massachusetts unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.4 percent in April, but the state’s economy shed 1,400 jobs, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported Thursday.

    April was the third consecutive month that the Massachusetts economy has lost jobs, and April numbers add to evidence that the state economy is slowing after a period of strong growth.

    The current national unemployment rate is 7.5 percent.

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    April’s job losses in Massachusetts were spread across a variety of sectors, according to a press release from the state’s Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. Leisure and hospitality, financial services, construction, and government were among the sectors of the Bay State economy that lost jobs last month.

    Chris Reidy can be reached at reidy@globe.com.