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Massachusetts Unemployment Rate Jumps Ahead Of National Rate

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The unemployment rate in Massachusetts has climbed higher than the national rate for the first time in more than six years.

The state Office of  Labor and Workforce Development said the jobless rate dropped in November to 7.1  percent  from 7.2 percent the month before.  The national unemployment rate dipped to a five year low of 7 percent.   The Massachusetts unemployment rate has been inching up since summer. Economist Daniel Hodge at the UMass Donahue Institute said sequestration has been a drag on the state’s economy.

" The state still has added over 46,000 jobs for the year, but our study shows it would have added more if not for sequestration."

An institute report said Massachusetts took a federal funding hit of $1.3 billion.

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.