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Unemployed increase as Mass. economy slows

The number of unemployed workers in the state rose for the fourth consecutive month in August as the Massachusetts economy has grown too slowly to absorb the increased number of people seeking work.

More than 250,000 Massachusetts residents — the most in two years — were counted as unemployed last month, up from about 223,000 in April, the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported Thursday. During this period, the state jobless rate has climbed nearly a percentage point, to 7.2 percent from 6.4 percent.

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