Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and
Workforce Development

For Immediate Release: December 23, 2014
Contact: Ann Dufresne - 617-626-7121
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Latest Seasonally Unadjusted Job and Unemployment Estimates for
Local Labor Markets In Massachusetts

BOSTON MA - December 23, 2014 --- The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) today reported that the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates for November were up in twenty labor market areas and two areas remained unchanged over the month according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Over the year, unemployment rates were down in all the labor market areas.

The preliminary statewide unadjusted unemployment rate estimate for November was 5.2 percent, up 0.1 of a percentage point from October. Over the year, the statewide unadjusted rate was down 1.5 percent from the November 2013 rate of 6.7 percent.

During November, eight of the twelve areas for which job estimates are published recorded job gains.  The largest job gains were in the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Framingham, New Bedford, Peabody, Worcester, Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, and Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner areas. Losses occurred in the Barnstable, Springfield, Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, and Pittsfield areas. Since November 2013, all twelve areas added jobs with the largest percentage gains in the Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, Worcester, Barnstable, Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, and Peabody areas.

The seasonally adjusted statewide November unemployment rate, released on December 18th, was 5.8 percent, down 0.2 of a percentage point over the month and down 1.3 percent over the year. The rate was the same as the national unemployment rate. The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed a 13,500 job gain in November and an over the year gain of 59,600 jobs.

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

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.

NOTES: The preliminary December 2014 and revised November 2014 unemployment rate, labor force data, and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on January 22, 2015; local unemployment statistics will be released on January 27, 2015. Detailed labor market information is available at See the 2014 Media Advisory annual schedule for complete listing of release dates.

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