For Immediate Release:
 November 19, 2019
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Latest Seasonally Unadjusted Unemployment and Job Estimates for Local Labor Markets in Massachusetts

BOSTON, MA November 19, 2019 --- Local unemployment rates decreased in twenty-two labor market areas and increased in two labor market areas in the state during the month of October, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported.

Compared to October 2018, the rates dropped in twenty-three labor market areas and remained unchanged in one labor market area.

Ten of the fifteen areas for which job estimates are published recorded seasonal job gains in October  The ten gains occurred in the Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Springfield, Worcester, Framingham, Peabody-Salem-Beverly, Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, Leominster-Gardner, and Lynn-Saugus-Marblehead areas. The remaining five areas recorded losses the largest of which occurred in the Barnstable, and Haverhill-Newburyport-Andover areas.

From October 2018 to October 2019, twelve of the fifteen areas added jobs, with the largest percentage gains in the Lynn-Saugus-Marblehead, Peabody-Salem-Beverly, Springfield, Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury, and Barnstable areas. Losses occurred in the Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, 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 October was 2.5 percent.

Last week, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported the statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the month of October remained unchanged at 2.9 percent.

The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed a 10,300 job gain in October, and an over-the-year gain of 51,700 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 November 2019 and the revised October 2019 unemployment rates, labor force data and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on Friday, December 20, 2019; local unemployment statistics will be released on Tuesday, December 24, 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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