The state unemployment rate in December fell a tick to 2.8 percent and state labor officials reported Friday that employers added 44,800 jobs over the past year, with half of the job gains coming in the education and health services sector.

The national unemployment rate in December was 3.5 percent. Massachusetts employers shed 5,000 jobs in December, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported, with 1,800 jobs lost in manufacturing and 2,900 jobs in the professional, scientific and business services sector.

The unemployment rate is based on a monthly sample of households; job estimates are based on a separate, monthly sample survey of employers.


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