Massachusetts lost another 7,000 in October, the worst month for the state’s labor market since March 2005, the Patriot Ledger reports.

The unemployment rate in the state is now 5.5%, up from 5.3% in September but lower than the national unemployment rate of 6.5%. However, the New England Economic Partnership believes job losses will continue in Massachusetts through the middle of 2010. In total, Massachusetts will lose 135,000 jobs, or 4.1% of its labor force, between the second quarter of 2008 and 2010, the Partnership estimates.

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