Report: State added 9,400 jobs in September; unemployment rate ticks up to 6 percent



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BOSTON — Massachusetts gained more than 9,000 jobs in September, though the state's unemployment rate ticked up to 6 percent.

The state office of Labor and Workforce Development said Thursday's jobs report reflected the end of "temporary disruptions" in the retail sector — a reference to the worker revolt over the summer at the Market Basket supermarket chain that had affected the August report.

Preliminary estimates from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics show the state gained approximately 9,400 jobs in September. Officials say more than 64,000 have been added over the past 12 months.

The unemployment rate climbed to 6 percent from 5.8 percent in August. That put Massachusetts slightly above the U.S. rate of 5.9 percent.

Different methods are used to calculate the unemployment rate and the jobs estimates.

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