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For Immediate Release:
 June 23, 2015
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Colleen.Quinn@state.ma.us
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Latest Seasonally Unadjusted Job and Unemployment Estimates for
Local Labor Markets
 

BOSTON MA - JUNE 23, 2015 --- Seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates for May dropped over the month in eight labor markets in the state, and rose in sixteen others, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data announced today by the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

The eight regions that experienced seasonal unemployment rate declines were: Nantucket, Vineyard Haven, Barnstable, Pittsfield, Great Barrington, Buckland, Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury, and portions of Massachusetts near Providence-Warwick, R.I.

In order to compare the statewide unemployment rate to local unemployment rates, BLS estimates that the statewide unadjusted unemployment rate for May was 4.4 percent, up 0.3 of a percentage point from the April 2015 rate.

Over the year, the statewide unadjusted rate was down 1.2 percent from May 2014, when the rate was 5.6 percent. Over the year, unemployment rates were down in all the labor market areas.

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.

During the month of May, seasonal jobs gains were reported in thirteen of the fifteen areas for which job estimates are published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The largest seasonal job gains were in Boston-Cambridge-Newton, followed by Barnstable, Worcester, Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, and Framingham areas.

Since May 2014, all fifteen areas added jobs, with the largest percentage gains in Worcester, Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, Lynn-Saugus-Marblehead, Leominster-Gardner, Lowell- Billerica-Chelmsford, and Framingham areas.

The seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate for May, released June 18, 2015, was 4.6 percent, down 0.1 percentage point over the month. The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed the state gained 7,400 jobs in May and 70,600 jobs over the year.

The unadjusted unemployment rates and job estimates for Massachusetts, and for every other state, are based on different statistical methodologies specified by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.

NOTES: The preliminary June 2015 and revised May 2015 unemployment rate, labor force data, and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be revised on Thursday, July 16, 2015; local unemployment statistics will be released on Tuesday, July 21, 2015. Detailed labor market information is available at www.mass.gov/lmi. See the 2015 Media Advisory annual schedule for complete listing of release dates.

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