Massachusetts unemployment rate fell in February to 6.5 percent, down from 6.8 percent

The Massachusetts economy gained 3,800 jobs in February, and the state’s unemployment rate fell to 6.5 percent, down from 6.8 percent in January, the state’s Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development said Thursday.

The local economy lost 3,900 jobs in January. That number was initially reported as a job loss of 4,500, but it was revised downward in Thursday’s report.

The current national unemployment rate is 6.7 percent.

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Sectors of the local economy that gained jobs in February included the professional, scientific, and business services category; the trade, transportation, and utilities category; and manufacturing.

Sectors losing jobs last month included leisure and hospitality; financial services; and education and health services.

Looking at previous monthly unemployment reports, economists have noted that the benefits of the state’s expansion have not been distributed evenly. Unemployment remains high, especially among those with lower levels of education ,while earnings of lower- and middle-income families have been barely growing.