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Education jobs in Boston climb

Posted on June 3, 2019

More education jobs in Boston have been added, according to recent labor statistics.

The state’s April total unemployment rate is down one-tenth of a percentage point at 2.9 percent, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development announced.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ preliminary job estimates indicate Massachusetts added 4,100 jobs in April.Over the month, the private sector added 4,000 jobs as gains occurred in Construction; Professional, Scientific, and Business Services; Education and Health Services; Financial Activities; Information; and Other Services. Trade, Transportation, and Utilities; Manufacturing; and Leisure and Hospitality lost jobs over the month.

From April 2018 to April 2019, BLS estimates Massachusetts added 37,100 jobs.

The April unemployment rate was seven-tenths of a percentage point lower than the national rate of 3.6 percent reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“Preliminary estimates indicate that in April the Massachusetts unemployment rate fell below 3 percent for the first time since December 2000. Year to date the Commonwealth’s economy has added 25,400 jobs showing that even with a low 2.9 percent unemployment rate, Massachusetts employers continue to add jobs to help fuel their growth needs,” Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rosalin Acosta said.

The labor force decreased by 3,200 from 3,843,500 in March, as 1,600 fewer residents were employed and 1,600 fewer residents were unemployed over the month.

Over the year, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped six-tenths of a percentage point.

The state’s labor force participation rate – the total number of residents 16 or older who worked or were unemployed and actively sought work in the last four weeks – decreased one-tenth of a percentage point to 67.8 percent. Compared to April 2018, the labor force participation rate is up 0.4 percentage point.