Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and
Workforce Development

For Immediate Release: October 21, 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 - October 21, 2014 --- The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) today reported that the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates for September were up in thirteen areas, down in six labor market areas and in three areas the rates remained unchanged 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 September was 6.2 percent, up 0.2 of a percentage point from August. Over the year, the statewide unadjusted rate was down 0.9 of a percentage point from the September 2013 rate of 7.1 percent.

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

The seasonally adjusted statewide September unemployment rate, released on September 16th, was 6.0 percent, up 0.2 of a percentage point over the month and down 1.2 percent over the year. The rate was 0.1 of a percentage point above the 5.9 percent national unemployment rate. The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed a 9,400 job gain in September and an over the year gain of 64,100 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 October 2014 and revised September 2014 unemployment rate, labor force data, and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on November 20, 2014; local unemployment statistics will be released on November 25, 2014. Detailed labor market information is available at See the 2014 Media Advisory annual schedule for complete listing of release dates.

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