BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ — Governor Deval Patrick issued the following statement yesterday (Sept. 16) regarding the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development’s report showing the Massachusetts economy added jobs for the seventh straight month, the private sector created 4,000 jobs and the unemployment rate dropped to 8.8%.

“With seven straight months of job growth and the unemployment rate dropping, Massachusetts continues to move forward. And that’s no accident. By focusing on our strengths, we’ve created nearly 65,000 jobs since December, are top tier in the nation for job growth and are on track to emerge from this recession faster and stronger than other states. I know there is more to do, more people who need work. So, for them, we will keep fighting.”