Joanne Goldstein to step down as state labor secretary

Josh Reynolds for the Boston Globe

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The state’s secretary of labor, Joanne F. Goldstein, will step down at the end of this month to take a job in academia, following months of public and legislative scrutiny of a troubled computer system for managing unemployment claims.

Governor Deval Patrick, who has less than a year left in office, downplayed the problems with the claims system as a reason for Goldstein’s departure and said her successor, Rachel Kaprielian, the chief of the Registry of Motor Vehicles, would ensure that any remaining problems with the system are fixed.

Kaprielian will “continue the team’s insistence that those issues get resolved quickly for people who rely on this assistance,’’ Patrick said at a State House news conference Friday.

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