BOSTON, Mass. /Massachusetts Newswire/ — Governor Deval Patrick issued the following statement regarding the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development’s report showing the Massachusetts economy added 10,000 jobs last month, and the statewide unemployment rate dropped from 8.4 percent to 8.1 percent, well below the 9.6 percent national average. This is the steepest two-month consecutive drop in the unemployment rate since 1976.

“Today, we have more promising economic news. Since September, the unemployment rate has experienced its steepest decline in more than 30 years and just last month we added 10,000 jobs. Job creation has been priority number one since day one and that strategy is propelling Massachusetts out of this recession faster and stronger than other states.”

“Putting people to work will remain at the top of my agenda because, despite these positive developments, we have more to do. I will not rest until everyone who is looking for a job can find one.”