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Mass. Jobless Rate Edges Up In July

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The Massachusetts unemployment rate climbed to 7.2 percent in July, as the state added just 300 jobs and more residents began searching for work.The unemployment rate edged up from the 6.8 percent recorded in July of last year according to the state’s Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. That’s the highest jobless rate since September 2011.

The leisure and hospitality and trade, transportation and utility sectors gained jobs in July while the manufacturing and government sectors lost jobs. The July estimates show more than 3.2 million Massachusetts residents were employed and 250,000 were searching for work.

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