For Immediate Release:
 January 26, 2016
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Latest Seasonally Unadjusted Job and Unemployment Estimates for
Local Labor Markets In Massachusetts

BOSTON MA - January 26, 2016 --- Twenty-three labor market areas in the state experienced drops in seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates compared to December 2014, and one area remained the same, according to data measured by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

During December 2015, seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates dropped in one area -- Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury. Rates went up in 19 areas of the state measured by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and remained the same in four areas, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported Tuesday.

Over the month, five areas - Framingham, Peabody-Salem-Beverly, Lynn-Saugus-Marblehead, New Bedford, and Leominster-Gardner - added jobs.  The Lawrence-Methuen-Salem and Pittsfield areas had no change in jobs level over the month. Seasonal losses occurred in the eight remaining areas.

In order to compare the statewide rate to local unemployment rates, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the statewide unadjusted unemployment rate for December is 4.6 percent, up 0.1 of a percentage point from the November rate.

Last week, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported the statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 4.7 percent for the month of December. The unemployment rate is down 0.6 percent over the year.

The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed a 7,100 job gain in December and an over-the-year gain of 73,800 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 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 January 2016 and revised monthly 2015 unemployment rates, labor force data and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on Thursday, March 10, 2016; local unemployment statistics will be released on Tuesday, March 15, 2016. 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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