For Immediate Release:
 March 26, 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 - March 26, 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 February, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported.

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

Eight of the fifteen areas for which job estimates are published recorded seasonal job gains in February.  The largest gains occurred in the Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Springfield, Worcester, Peabody-Salem-Beverly, and Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton areas. Jobs in the Framingham area remained unchanged over the month.

From February 2018 to February 2019, eight of the fifteen areas added jobs, with the largest percentage gains in the Leominster-Gardner, Springfield, New Bedford, and Barnstable areas.

In order to compare the statewide rate to local unemployment rates, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the statewide-unadjusted unemployment rate for February was 3.2 percent.

Last week, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported the statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the month of February is down one-tenth of a percentage point at 3.0 percent.

The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed a 6,600 job gain in February, and an over-the-year gain of 20,300 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 March 2019 and the revised February 2019 unemployment rates, labor force data and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on Friday, April 19, 2019; local unemployment statistics will be released on Tuesday, April 23, 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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