BOSTON (AP) -- State officials say Massachusetts gained more than 55,000 jobs in 2013, the largest calendar year increase since 2000.
The job growth came in a year that also saw the overall unemployment rate in the state exceed the U.S. unemployment rate for the first time since 2007.
The office of Labor and Workforce Development on Thursday also released the preliminary jobs reports for January. It showed a net decline of 4,500 jobs during the month, while the unemployment rate fell three-tenths of a point to 6.8 percent.
That national unemployment rate was 6.6 percent in January.