For Immediate Release:
 January 22, 2019
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Latest Seasonally Unadjusted Unemployment and Job Estimates for
Local Labor Markets in Massachusetts

BOSTON MA - January 22, 2019 --- Local unemployment rates increased in twenty-two labor market areas and remained unchanged in two areas in the state during the month of December, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported.

Compared to December 2017, the rates dropped in twenty-two labor market areas, remained unchanged in one area and increased in one labor market area.

Two of the fifteen areas for which job estimates are published recorded job gains in December.  The gains occurred in the Peabody-Salem-Beverly and Framingham areas. The remaining thirteen areas recorded losses the largest of which occurred in the Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Barnstable, and Taunton-Middleborough-Norton areas.

From December 2017 to December 2018, thirteen of the fifteen areas added jobs, with the largest percentage gains in the Taunton-Middleborough-Norton, Lynn-Saugus-Marblehead, Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Worcester, and New Bedford areas. The Framingham and Peabody-Salem-Beverly 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 December was 2.7 percent.

Last week, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported the statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the month of December dropped one-tenth of a percentage point to 3.3 percent.

The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed a 5,600 job gain in December, and an over-the-year gain of 65,800 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 January 2019 and the revised 2017 and 2018 unemployment rates, labor force data and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on Friday, March 8, 2019; local unemployment statistics will be released on Tuesday, March 12, 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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