Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and
Workforce Development

For Immediate Release: January 29, 2015
Contact: Ann Dufresne - 617-626-7121
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Latest Seasonally Unadjusted Job and Unemployment Estimates for
Local Labor Markets In Massachusetts

BOSTON MA -January 29, 2015 --- The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) today reported that the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates for December were down in seventeen labor market areas; two areas remained unchanged; and three areas were up seasonally over the month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Over the year, unemployment rates were down in all of the labor market areas.

The preliminary statewide unadjusted unemployment rate estimate for December was 4.8 percent, down 0.4 of a percentage point from the November rate. Over the year, the statewide unadjusted rate was down 1.9 percent from the December 2013 rate of 6.7 percent.

During December, four of the twelve areas for which job estimates are published recorded job gains.  Job gains occurred in the Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, New Bedford, Peabody, and Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury. Losses occurred in the Barnstable, Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Springfield, Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, Framingham, and Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner areas. The Worcester and Pittsfield areas had no change in their respective job levels over the month. Since December 2013, eleven of the twelve areas added jobs with the largest percentage gains in the Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, Worcester, New Bedford, Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, and Springfield areas. The Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner area had no change in its jobs level over the year.

The seasonally adjusted statewide December unemployment rate, released on January 22, 2015 was 5.5 percent, down 0.3 of a percentage point over the month and down 1.6 percent over the year. The rate was 0.1 of a percentage point below the national unemployment rate. The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed a 10,900 job gain in December and an over the year gain of 60,900 jobs.

The labor force, unemployment rates and jobs estimates for Massachusetts, and for every other state, are based on several different statistical methodologies specified by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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.

NOTES: The preliminary January 2015 and revised December 2014 unemployment rate, labor force data, and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on Tuesday, March 10, 2015; local unemployment statistics will be released on Thursday, March 12, 2015. Detailed labor market information is available at See the 2015 Media Advisory annual schedule for complete listing of release dates.

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