Mass. jobless rate drops again to 3.6 percent, the lowest rate since June 2001

The Boston Globe | By Deirdre Fernandes
October 20, 2016

The Massachusetts unemployment rate fell even further in September to 3.6 percent, the lowest level it has been since June 2001.

It dropped from 3.9 percent in August and remains far lower than the national rate of 5 percent.

Massachusetts employers created 5,100 jobs in September with the biggest gains coming in education and health services, leisure and hospitality and manufacturing, the state’s Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported on Thursday.

“The rate has fallen dramatically in the last two months, 0.3 percent this month, and 0.2 percent the month before,” Ronald L. Walker II, the state’s secretary of labor and workforce development, said in a statement. “While these are preliminary estimates, this is very good news for the Commonwealth.”

The improved rate came even as the August’s jobs numbers were revised down, with the US Labor Department finding that Massachusetts added 3,600 jobs, compared to the 5,900 originally reported. Still, from December 2015 through September, employers expanded their payrolls by 63,800 positions.

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