For Immediate Release:
 November 24, 2015
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Latest Seasonally Unadjusted Job and Unemployment Estimates for
Local Labor Markets In Massachusetts

BOSTON MA - November 24, 2015 --- Seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates are down in all labor markets in the state measured by the Bureau of Labor Statistics compared to October 2014, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reports Tuesday.

During the month of October, seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates went down in eight labor market areas, increased in six areas, and remained the same in ten other areas of the state.

Twelve areas added jobs over the month, with the largest gains in the Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Springfield, Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, and Worcester areas.  The Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford area had no change in its jobs level over the month while seasonal losses occurred in the Barnstable and Lynn-Saugus-Marblehead areas.

In order to compare the statewide rate to local unemployment rates, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the statewide unadjusted unemployment rate for October remained at 4.5 percent.

Last week, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported the statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.6 percent for the month of October. The unemployment rate is down 0.9 percent over the year.

The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed an 11,000 job gain in October and an over-the-year gain of 80,600 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 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 November 2015 and revised October 2015 unemployment rate, labor force data, and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on Thursday, December 17, 2015; local unemployment statistics will be released on Tuesday, December 22, 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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