Unemployment Rates Drop in Massachusetts While Remaining Steady Across the Nation

The national unemployment rate remained at 5 percent in April 2016.  Unemployment has lingered at this rate since September. In Massachusetts, statewide average unemployment is down, at 3.9 percent.  Specifically, unemployment in the city of Springfield fell to 7.2 percent in April.  This is down one whole percent from the previous month and is at a rate lower than we have experienced since 2007.  Worcester’s unemployment rate is also down to 4.5 percent.  South Dakota and New Hampshire were the states with the lowest jobless rates in April, around 2.5 percent.  Arkansas set a new series low for their state at 3.9 percent.  Alaska and Illinois continued to experience high unemployment, at 6.6 percent each.