For Immediate Release:
 April 24, 2018
Contact: Charles Pearce 617-626-7121
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Latest Seasonally Unadjusted Unemployment and Job Estimates for
Local Labor Markets in Massachusetts

BOSTON MA - April 24, 2018 --- Local unemployment rates decreased in twenty-four labor market areas in the state during the month of March, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported.

Compared to March 2017, the rates dropped in eighteen labor market areas, increased in three and remained the same in three labor market areas.

Fourteen of the fifteen areas for which job estimates are published recorded a seasonal job gain in March. The largest gains occurred in the Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Barnstable, Springfield, Worcester, and Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury areas.

From March 2017 to March 2018, eleven of the fifteen areas added jobs, with the largest percentage gains in the Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury, Barnstable, Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, and Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford areas. The Leominster-Gardner area jobs level remained unchanged over the month.

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

Last week, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported the statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the month of March remained at 3.5 percent for the sixth consecutive month.

The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed a 4,700 job gain in March, and an over-the-year gain of 41,800 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 April 2018 and the revised March 2018 unemployment rates, labor force data and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on Friday May 18, 2018; local unemployment statistics will be released on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. Detailed labor market information is available at www.mass.gov/lmi. See the 2018 Media Advisory annual schedule for complete listing of release dates.

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