Job gains pick up in April after sluggish March

The Boston Globe | By Deirdre Fernandes
May 18, 2017

Massachusetts employers added 3,900 jobs in April, rebounding after a sluggish March.

The state’s unemployment rate climbed to 3.9 percent in April from 3.6 percent the previous month, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported Thursday. The uptick came as more people returned to the labor market in search of work.

The Massachusetts unemployment rate remains lower than the national rate of 4.4 percent in April. The state data have followed a similar pattern to national trends this spring. In March, when state employers expanded their payrolls by a meager 200 positions, the nation added a disappointing 98,000 jobs. In April, payrolls nationwide bounced back with employers adding 211,000 jobs.

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