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Massachusetts Adds Jobs In August, Unemployment Rate Unchanged

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The Massachusetts economy added 7,500 jobs in August, but the state’s unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.2 percent. 

   Analysts have described the Massachusetts economy as stagnant. Before August, there were two consecutive months of job losses and the unemployment rate rose in each of the previous three months. Kevin Lynn at the Future Works Career Center in Springfield where job postings by employers fell 20 percent in August, said job seekers remain frustrated.

   The Massachusetts Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported 6,700 private sector jobs were added last month in areas such as healthcare, education, and financial services.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.