Massachusetts Adds 10,900 Jobs in December

BOSTON — The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported that preliminary estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show Massachusetts added 10,900 jobs in December for a total preliminary estimate of 3,447,600. The December total unemployment rate was 5.5%, down 0.3% over the month.

Since December 2013, Massachusetts has added a net of 60,900 jobs, with 58,400 jobs added in the private sector. The total unemployment rate for the year is down 1.6% from the December 2013 rate of 7.1%.

BLS also revised its November job estimate to an 11,700-job gain from the 13,500-job gain previously reported for the month. The December 2014 estimates show 3,371,500 Massachusetts residents were employed and 194,900 were unemployed, for a total labor force of 3,566,400.

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