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For Immediate Release:
 September 20, 2016
Contact: Colleen Quinn 617-626-7121
Colleen.Quinn@state.ma.us
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Latest Seasonally Unadjusted Unemployment and Job Estimates for
Local Labor Markets in Massachusetts
 

BOSTON MA - September 20, 2016 --- Local unemployment rates dropped in twenty-two labor market areas and remained the same in two areas in the state during the month of August, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported. Compared to August 2015, the rates were down in all areas.

Four of the fifteen areas for which job estimates are published recorded seasonal job gains in August, with gains in the Springfield, Leominster-Gardner, Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, and Peabody-Salem-Beverly areas.  Seasonal losses occurred in the remaining eleven areas.

From August 2015 to August 2016, all fifteen areas added jobs with the largest percentage gains in the Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury, Peabody-Salem-Beverly, Taunton-Middleborough-Norton, and Leominster-Gardner areas.

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

Last week, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported the statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 3.9 percent for the month of August. The unemployment rate is down 0.9 percent over the year.

The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed a 5,900 job gain in August and an over-the-year gain of 68,100 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 September 2016 and revised August 2016 unemployment rates, labor force data and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on Thursday October 20, 2016; local unemployment statistics will be released on Tuesday, October 25, 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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