Mass. jobless rate drops to 6.3 percent in April
BOSTON (AP) -- State officials say the Massachusetts unemployment rate has dipped again as more jobs are added.
The office of Labor and Workforce Development released new figures on Thursday showing that the state's jobless rate stood at 6.3 percent in April, down from 6.5 percent in March.
The national unemployment rate was 8.1 percent last month.
Officials say preliminary estimates from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics show Massachusetts gaining about 2,500 jobs during the month.
According to the latest figures, the state has added more than 31,000 jobs in the first four months of 2012.
Five of the ten leading private employment sectors showed gains in April.
The 6.3 percent April jobless rate is the lowest in Massachusetts since October 2008, when the rate stood at 6.1 percent.