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Massachusetts Unemployment Rate Falls As State Adds Jobs

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The Massachusetts unemployment rate inched down to 5.5. percent in June  as  the state’s economy continued to add jobs.

   Education and health services continued to lead the Massachusetts economy adding 6,000 jobs last month according to the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.  UMass Amherst economics professor Robert Nakosteen says there was a surprising loss of 1,100 manufacturing jobs in June.

  "Many thought manufacturing was on a positive trajectory and there would not be declines in employment in this sector. Now,this may get reversed next month but it is something to keep an eye on."

   Construction, which had been one of the fastest growing sectors, lost 900 jobs.  The 5.5 percent jobless rate is the lowest since August 2008, and is down from 6.8 percent at the beginning of this year.

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.