For Immediate Release:
 December 20, 2016
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Latest Seasonally Unadjusted Unemployment and Job Estimates for
Local Labor Markets in Massachusetts

BOSTON MA - December 20, 2016 --- Local unemployment rates decreased in eighteen labor market areas, increased in four, and remained the same in two areas in the state during the month of November, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported.

Compared to November 2015, the rates were down in all areas.

Six of the fifteen areas for which job estimates are published recorded seasonal job gains in November, with the largest gains in the Boston-Cambridge-Newton, and Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton areas.  

The Springfield, Worcester, Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, and Pittsfield areas had no change in job levels over the month, while seasonal losses occurred in the Barnstable, Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury, Framingham, New Bedford and Lynn-Saugus-Marblehead areas.

From November 2015 to November 2016, fourteen of the fifteen areas added jobs, with the largest percentage gains in the Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury, Taunton-Middleborough-Norton, Worcester, 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 November was 2.6 percent.

Last week, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported the statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 2.9 percent in the month of November. Across the nation, Massachusetts experienced the largest over the year drop in the unemployment rate of any state, down 2.0 percent from November 2015, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed a 5,800 job gain in November, and an over-the-year gain of 70,100 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.

NOTES:The preliminary December 2016 and revised November 2016 unemployment rates, labor force data and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on Thursday January 19, 2017; local unemployment statistics will be released on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. Detailed labor market information is available at www.mass.gov/lmi. See the 2016 Media Advisory annual schedule for complete listing of release dates.

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