BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts unemployment rate climbed to 7 percent in June while preliminary federal estimates show the state continues to gain jobs.
The state office of Labor and Workforce Development said Thursday the jobless rate rose from 6.6 percent in May. The last time the rate went as high as 7 percent in Massachusetts was November 2011.
Different methods are used for calculating the unemployment rate and job growth, which can explain why the numbers can often appear to be at odds.
The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics says Massachusetts gained an estimated 2,800 jobs in June and the bureau also revised its May estimates to show the state picked up 6,700 jobs, up from the 3,500 originally reported.
The state gained an estimated 20,500 jobs in the first half of 2013.