The state unemployment rate in April fell to 7.8 percent, down from 8 percent in March, which was then the lowest point in nearly two years, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development said this morning.It may not feel it but the jobs are coming back to Massachusetts.
The executive office's preliminary job estimates indicate that the state's economy added 19,500 jobs last month. The private sector added 20,500 jobs while government lost 1,000 jobs, the office said in
The national unemployment rate is currently 9 percent.
Economic sectors adding jobs in the Bay State last month included leisure and hospitality, education and health services, and manufacturing, the executive office said in a press release.
Economists at this morning's New England Economic Partnership conference at the Boston Federal Reserve Bank are mildly optimistic. The economy both nationally and locally is getting better but we won't really feel the thrust of job growth until 2013 when things are expected to move more briskly in Massachusetts.