The number of Belmont residents who are unemployed rose for the first time in several months, staying at approximately half the national level for a better part of two years.
According to the state's Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, 599 Belmont residents were unemployed at the end of September, a 4.4 percent rate.
The unemployment rate rose from 4.3 percent in July, indicating that a net of 20 residents lost their jobs in the month.
The 4.4 percent is below the 6.6 percent for the state and the US's 7.8 percent.
In the past year, a net of 110 residents found work when the unemployment rate hovered at 5.2 percent and 689 people were looking for work.