Mass. unemployment rate shows slight improvement

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Posted: Dec 17, 2009 1:39 PM

In another sign that the Massachusetts economy may be in recovery, the state's unemployment rate slipped slightly for the second consecutive month.

The state Executive Office of Workforce Development announced Thursday that the unemployment rate fell to 8.8 percent in November, down from 8.9 percent the previous month.

Education and health services added 3,100 jobs, while professional and business services, which includes technology and science jobs, added 1,200 jobs.

Two employment sectors that have been hit hard by the recession, also experienced some good news. Manufacturing, gained 900 jobs while construction, added about 200 jobs.

The retail and financial services sectors continued to shed jobs.