For Immediate Release:
 September 24, 2019
Contact: Charles Pearce 617-626-7121
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Latest Seasonally Unadjusted Unemployment and Job
Estimates for Local Labor Markets in Massachusetts

BOSTON, MA September 24, 2019 --- Local unemployment rates decreased in thirteen labor market areas, increased in two areas and remained unchanged in nine labor market areas in the state during the month of August, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported.

Compared to August 2018, the rates dropped in twenty-three labor market areas and increased in one labor market area.

Four of the fifteen areas for which job estimates are published recorded seasonal job gains in August.  The four gains occurred in the Worcester, Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, Taunton-Middleborough-Norton, and Lynn-Saugus-Marblehead areas. The jobs level in the Pittsfield area remained unchanged over the month while the remaining ten areas recorded losses the largest of which occurred in the Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Barnstable, Springfield, and Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury areas.

From August 2018 to August 2019, thirteen of the fifteen areas added jobs, with the largest percentage gains in the Springfield, Peabody-Salem-Beverly, Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Leominster-Gardner, and Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury areas. The jobs level remained unchanged in the Barnstable area while the Lawrence-Methuen-Salem area lost jobs.

In order to compare the statewide rate to local unemployment rates, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the statewide-unadjusted unemployment rate for August was 2.8 percent.

Last week, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported the statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the month of August remained unchanged at 2.9 percent.

The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed a 7,100 job gain in August, and an over-the-year gain of 43,600 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 September 2019 and the revised August 2019 unemployment rates, labor force data and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on Friday, October 18, 2019; local unemployment statistics will be released on Tuesday, October 22, 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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