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For Immediate Release:
 September 25, 2018
Contact: Charles Pearce 617-626-7121
Charles.Pearce@massmail.state.ma.us
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Latest Seasonally Unadjusted Unemployment and Job Estimates for
Local Labor Markets in Massachusetts
 

BOSTON MA - September 25, 2018 --- Local unemployment rates decreased in twenty-four labor market areas in the state during the month of August, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported.

Compared to August 2017, the rates dropped in nineteen labor market areas, remained the same in four areas and increased in one labor market area.

Three of the fifteen areas for which job estimates are published recorded a seasonal job gain in August. The gains occurred in the Springfield, Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, and Taunton-Middleborough-Norton areas. The Leominster-Gardner area had no change in its job level over the month.

From August 2017 to August 2018, thirteen of the fifteen areas added jobs, with the largest percentage gains in the Lynn-Saugus-Marblehead, Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, Worcester, Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury, and Taunton-Middleborough-Norton areas. The Peabody-Salem-Beverly and Framingham areas lost 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 3.5 percent.

Last week, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported the statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the month of August remained at 3.6 percent.

The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed a 6,100 job gain in August, and an over-the-year gain of 68,100 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 September 2018 and the revised August 2018 unemployment rates, labor force data and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on Friday, October 19, 2018; local unemployment statistics will be released on Tuesday, October 23, 2018. Detailed labor market information is available at www.mass.gov/lmi. See the 2018 Media Advisory annual schedule for complete listing of release dates.

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