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Governor Patrick in Lowell in February. 

There is some very good job growth news in the employment figures released today by the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

In February, Massachusetts gained 15,400 new sector jobs and the unemployment rate sank to 8.2%. That’s another month of big gains in the Massachusetts job market and more evidence that the Massachusetts economy is on the up and up. The sectors leading job growth – education, health care, IT – are the innovation industries and growth areas that we have been working so hard to promote and advance.

Other data released by the federal government today indicate that 2,482 less Massachusetts residents filed new unemployment claims in the first week of March – the largest weekly drop in the nation.

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