MASSACHUSETTSState adds 200 jobs; unemployment rises slightlyThe state's total unemployment rate rose to 3.6 percent in March from 3.4 percent in February, the state Executive Officer of Labor and Workforce Development said on Thursday. Preliminary job estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that the state added 200 jobs in March. The national unemployment rate is 4.5 percent.Over the month job gains in Massachusetts occurred in the financial activities, professional, scientific, business services, construction and information sectors, according to the BLS. Over the last 12 months, the BLS estimates that Massachusetts has added 49,000 jobs.The state's labor force increased by 34,500 from February as 26,700 more residents were employed, and 7,900 more resident swere unemployed in March.The state's labor participation rate — the total number of residents age 16 and older who worked or were unemployed and actively sought work over the last four weeks — increased six-tenths of a percentage point to 65.9 percent in March.Local figures, including those for Berkshire County, will be released by the state on Tuesday.
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