UPDATE: Due to the lapse in federal funding caused by the federal government shutdown, the Massachusetts Unemployment Rate and Jobs release which provides data on the unemployment rate and employment during the month of September, compiled by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics will not be issued as scheduled on Thursday, October 17, 2013.   An alternative release date has not been scheduled. For the same reason, the Massachusetts Local Unemployment Rates and Jobs release which provides data on unemployment rates and employment during the month of September, compiled by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, will also not be issued as scheduled on Tuesday, October 22, 2013. An alternative release date has not been scheduled at this time.