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Mass. unemployment rate up slightly in May

Massachusetts employers in May increased hiring for the first time in four months, but not fast enough to keep the state unemployment rate from rising.

Employers in the state added 3,500 jobs in May, after cutting payrolls in each of the previous three months, the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported Thursday. Despite the gains, the state’s unemployment rate rose to 6.6 percent from 6.4 percent in April as an additional 9,000 workers began or resumed looking for work in May.

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