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Massachusetts Unemployment Rate Drops To Six-year Low

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The unemployment rate in Massachusetts dropped to 5.6 percent in May as the state added more than 9,000 jobs. 

The May employment report signaled a milestone for the Massachusetts economy. 3,304,500 people were employed—the most since 1990.  Massachusetts Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rachel Kaprielian said the state has recovered all the jobs lost during the last two recessions.

" We are very focused on the parts of the state that still have a more stubborn unemployment rate, but the good news is that, by and large, the unemployment rate is going down everywhere."

Over the last year, the state recorded gains in every sector of the economy except manufacturing and government jobs.

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.