1. Springfield unemployment rate steady; jobs, labor force up

    Springfield unemployment rate steady; jobs, labor force up

    The city's unemployment rate crept downward in February by a tenth of a percentage point, to 6.6 percent, from 6.7 percent in January. The city's jobless rate was higher a year ago at this time: 7.3 percent. Local unemployment rates are not adjusted for seasonal changes in the economy. So a year-over-year number is a more accurate snapshot of the local jobs market. The Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development released updated figures Wednesday.

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