For Immediate Release:
 May 21, 2019
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Latest Seasonally Unadjusted Unemployment and Job Estimates for Local Labor Markets in Massachusetts

BOSTON MA - May 21, 2019 --- Local unemployment rates decreased in twenty-four labor market areas in the state during the month of April, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported.

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

Fourteen of the fifteen areas for which job estimates are published recorded seasonal job gains in April.  The largest gains occurred in the Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Springfield, Barnstable, Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, and Worcester areas. The Lawrence-Methuen-Salem area lost jobs over the month.

From April 2018 to April 2019, nine of the fifteen areas added jobs, with the largest percentage gains in the Springfield, Leominster-Gardner, and New Bedford areas. The jobs level in the Pittsfield area remained unchanged over the year while losses occurred in the Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, Framingham, Lynn-Saugus-Marblehead, Taunton-Middleborough-Norton, 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 April was 2.6 percent.

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

The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed a 4,100 job gain in April, and an over-the-year gain of 37,100 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 May 2019 and the revised April 2019 unemployment rates, labor force data and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on Friday, June 21, 2019; local unemployment statistics will be released on Tuesday, June 25, 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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