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Massachusetts unemployment rate falls to 6.5%

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More encouraging news on the job front! Particularly for the Class of 2012, about to enter the full-time workforce in less than a month.

Massachusetts employers last month (March) added 8,700 jobs, after increasing payrolls by 7,200 jobs in February, and nearly 14,000 in January. The figures were reported by the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development last week.

The Commonwealth's unemployment rate for March fell to 6.5 percent from 6.9 percent in February. The state unemployment rate, now at the lowest level since November 2008, remains well below the national jobless rate of 8.2 percent.

Economists said the jobs picture in Massachusetts has been brighter than they expected in the first three months of this year. The state has added nearly 30,000 jobs through the first three months of the year.

"This is a really positive employment report," said Northeastern University economics professor Alan Clayton-Matthews. "We have three months of consistently high results, so that's a pretty good indication that we've had at least moderate job growth."

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