For Immediate Release:
 September 22, 2015
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Latest Seasonally Unadjusted Job and Unemployment Estimates for
Local Labor Markets In Massachusetts

BOSTON MA - September 22, 2015 --- The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reports today that seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates went down in all local labor market areas during the month of August.

The Worcester, Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, and Leominster-Gardner areas added jobs over the month. Three areas had no change in job levels while seasonal losses occurred in the remaining eight areas.

Compared to August 2014, unemployment rates are down in all labor markets measured by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed a 7,200 job gain in August and an over the year gain of 90,200 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 4.5 percent, down 0.4 of a percentage point from the July 2015 rate.

Last week, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported the statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.7 percent for the month of August. The unemployment rate is down 0.9 percent over the year.

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

NOTES: The preliminary September 2015 and revised August 2015 unemployment rate, labor force data, and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on Thursday, October 15, 2015; local unemployment statistics will be released on Tuesday, October 20, 2015. Detailed labor market information is available at www.mass.gov/lmi. See the 2015 Media Advisory annual schedule for complete listing of release dates.

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