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Mass. jobless report delayed

Massachusetts has put off issuing the state’s unemployment numbers for September — along with other key economic data — because of the federal government’s partial shutdown, state labor department officials said Wednesday.

Officials said the Massachusetts data is analyzed and compiled by the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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The bureau has not collected data, released a national jobs report, or responded to public inquiries since the suspension of some government services earlier this month over the spending and deficit standoff in Washington, D.C.

In August, the state’s unemployment rate rose to 7.2 percent, almost a percentage point higher than it was during the spring.

State officials said an alternative release date for September data has not been scheduled.

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