The Massachusetts unemployment rate increased to 8 percent in April from 7.7 percent in March, the state’s Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported today.

The March rate was originally estimated at 7.8 percent, the office added.

The national unemployment rate climbed to 8.9 percent in April from 8.5 percent in March, the office said in a press release. One year ago, in April 2008, Massachusetts recorded a 4.8 percent rate while the US rate was at 5 percent.

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