For Immediate Release:
 August 20, 2019
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Latest Seasonally Unadjusted Unemployment and Job
Estimates for Local Labor Markets in Massachusetts

BOSTON, MA August 20, 2019 --- Local unemployment rates decreased in twenty-three labor market areas and remained unchanged in one labor market area in the state during the month of June, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported.

Compared to July 2018, the rates dropped in twenty-four labor market areas.

Two of the fifteen areas for which job estimates are published recorded seasonal job gains in July.  The two gains occurred in the Barnstable and Pittsfield areas. The remaining thirteen areas recorded losses the largest of which occurred in the Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Springfield, Worcester, and Framingham areas.

From July 2018 to July 2019, thirteen of the fifteen areas added jobs, with the largest percentage gains in the Springfield, Leominster-Gardner, Peabody-Salem-Beverly, Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury and Boston-Cambridge-Newton areas. Losses occurred in the Lawrence-Methuen-Salem and Framingham 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 2.9 percent.

Last week, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported the statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the month of July dropped one-tenth of a percentage point at 2.9 percent.

The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed a 3,500 job loss in July, and an over-the-year gain of 37,300 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 (BLS). Estimates for towns with 2010 Census population of less than 1,000 were produced using the BLS methodology, but are not official BLS estimates.

NOTES: The preliminary August 2019 and the revised July 2019 unemployment rates, labor force data and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on Friday, September 20, 2019; local unemployment statistics will be released on Tuesday, September 24, 2019. Detailed labor market information is available at www.mass.gov/lmi. See the 2019 Media Advisory for complete list of release dates.

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