For Immediate Release:
 June 21, 2016
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Latest Seasonally Unadjusted Unemployment and Job Estimates for
Local Labor Markets in Massachusetts

BOSTON MA - June 21, 2016 --- Local unemployment rates dropped in seventeen labor market areas, remained the same in five areas and increased in two areas in the state during the month of May, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported.  Compared to May 2015, the rates were down in all areas.

Fourteen of the fifteen areas added jobs over the month, with the largest gains in the Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Barnstable, Worcester, Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury, Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, and Framingham areas.  

From May 2015 to May 2016, fourteen areas added jobs with the largest percentage gains in the Barnstable, Pittsfield, Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury, Worcester, and Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford.

In order to compare the statewide rate to local unemployment rates, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the statewide unadjusted unemployment rate for May is 3.8 percent.

Last week, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported the statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 4.2 percent for the month of May. The unemployment rate is down 0.7 percent over the year.

The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed a 6,400 job loss in May, which was impacted by a temporary labor dispute, and an over-the-year gain of 53,400 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.

NOTES:The preliminary June 2016 and revised May 2016 unemployment rates, labor force data and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on Thursday, July 21, 2016; local unemployment statistics will be released on Tuesday, July 26, 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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