Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and
Workforce Development

For Immediate Release: October 16, 2014
Contact: Ann Dufresne - 617-626-7121
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Massachusetts jobs up 9,400 in September
Gain reflects end of temporary disruptions

BOSTON, MA - October 16, 2014 --- Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) today reported that preliminary estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show Massachusetts added 9,400 jobs in September for a total preliminary estimate of 3,425,000. Job gains in Retail Trade reflect the end of the temporary disruptions in August along with growth in other industries. The September total unemployment rate was 6.0 percent, up 0.2 of a percentage point over the August rate.

Since September 2013, Massachusetts has added a net of 64,100 jobs; with 62,000 jobs added in the private sector. The total unemployment rate for the year is down 1.2 percent from the September 2013 rate of 7.2 percent.

BLS also revised its August job estimates to a 4,900 job loss from the 5,300 loss previously reported for the month.

September 2014 Employment Overview

Trade, Transportation and Utilities gained 10,700 (+1.9%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Trade, Transportation, and Utilities gained 12,100 (+2.2%) jobs.

Information added 1,900 (+2.1%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Information added 7,000 (+8.2%) jobs.

Leisure and Hospitality gained 1,000 (+0.3%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Leisure and Hospitality added 5,500 (+1.6%) jobs.

Professional, Scientific and Business Services added 800 (+0.2%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Professional, Scientific and Business Services added 14,600 (+2.9%) jobs.

Financial Activities gained 700 (+0.3%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Financial Activities added 2,900 (+1.4%) jobs.

Construction added 500 (+0.4%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Construction has added 900 (+0.7%) jobs.

Education and Health Services lost 4,800 (-0.6%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Education and Health Services gained 18,500 (+2.5%) jobs.

Other Services lost 800 (-0.6%) jobs level over the month. Over the year, Other Services jobs are up 1,800 (+1.5%) jobs.

Manufacturing lost 700 (-0.3%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Manufacturing lost 1,300 (-0.5%) jobs.

Government added 100 (0.0%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Government gained 2,100 (+0.5%) jobs.

Labor Force Overview

The September 2014 estimates show 3,318,500 Massachusetts residents were employed and 213,200 were unemployed, for a total labor force of 3,531,700. The September labor force increased by 14,600 from 3,517,100 in August, as 5,300 more residents were employed and 9,300 more residents were unemployed over the month. The labor force was an estimated 46,900 above the 3,484,800 September 2013 estimate, with 84,900 more residents employed and 38,000 fewer residents unemployed.

The unemployment rate is based on a monthly sample of households. The job estimates are derived from a monthly sample survey of employers. As a result, the two statistics may exhibit different monthly trends.

NOTES: Revised BLS CES jobs estimates now include jobs in Health Care that cover services to the elderly and disabled persons that were not previously in this series. The changes begin in January 1999. Beginning with the March 2011 estimates, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has assumed responsibility for the production of the CES State and sub-state jobs estimates. BLS has also implemented methodological changes which may increase the month to month variability of the estimates (see Changes to procedures for producing Current Employment Statistics (CES) State estimates.)

Local area unemployment statistics for September 2014 will be released on Tuesday, October 21, 2014. The preliminary October 2014 and revised September 2014 unemployment rate, labor force data and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on Thursday, November 20, 2014. See the 2014 Media Advisory annual schedule for complete list of release dates.

Detailed labor market information is available at

Statewide Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Statewide Seasonally Adjusted Employment
Statewide Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Statewide Not Seasonally Adjusted Employment
Labor Force and Unemployment Data Current Employment Statistics Data

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