Mass. Unemployment Rate Stayed At 6.9 Percent In February

March 22, 2012 12:00 AM
Mass. Unemployment Rate Stayed At 6.9 Percent In February
" BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts unemployment rate held steady at 6.9 percent in February, while the state added more than 9,000 new jobs during the month, according to the state Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

The figures released Thursday follow recent downward revisions in estimated employment growth in 2011 that has prompted critics to question job creation claims made by Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration.

The office also revised January jobs figures to show the state picked up 13,900 jobs in that month, rather than the 6,600 total that was previously announced. As a result, officials now say the state has gained 23,000 jobs since the beginning of 2012.

The monthly jobs figures are based on a sample survey of employers "

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