For Immediate Release:
 August 23, 2016
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Latest Seasonally Unadjusted Unemployment and Job Estimates for
Local Labor Markets in Massachusetts

BOSTON MA - August 23, 2016 --- Local unemployment rates dropped in twenty-one labor market areas, remained the same in two areas and increased in one area in the state during the month of July, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported.  Compared to July 2015, the rates were down in all areas.

Two of the 15 areas for which job estimates are published recorded seasonal job gains in July, with gains in the Barnstable and Pittsfield areas.  Seasonal losses occurred in the remaining thirteen areas.

From July 2015 to July 2016, all fifteen areas added jobs with the largest percentage gains in the Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury, Taunton-Middleborough-Norton, Peabody-Salem-Beverly, and Worcester areas.

In order to compare the statewide rate to local unemployment rates, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the statewide unadjusted unemployment rate for July was 4.0 percent.

Last week, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported the statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.1 percent for the month of July. The unemployment rate is down 0.7 percent over the year.

The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed a 7,300 job gain in July and an over-the-year gain of 65,500 jobs.

The unadjusted unemployment rates and job estimates for the labor market areas reflect seasonal fluctuations and therefore may show different levels and trends than the statewide seasonally adjusted estimates.

The estimates for labor force, unemployment rates and jobs for Massachusetts are based on different statistical methodology specified by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.

NOTES:The preliminary August 2016 and revised July 2016 unemployment rates, labor force data and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on Thursday September 15, 2016; local unemployment statistics will be released on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. Detailed labor market information is available at www.mass.gov/lmi. See the 2016 Media Advisory annual schedule for complete listing of release dates.

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