For Immediate Release:
 April 25, 2017
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Latest Seasonally Unadjusted Unemployment and Job Estimates for
Local Labor Markets in Massachusetts

BOSTON MA - APRIL 25, 2017 --- Local unemployment rates decreased in twenty-three labor market areas  and increased in one area in the state during the month of March, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported.

Compared to March 2016, the rates were down in all twenty-four labor market areas.

All fifteen areas for which job estimates are published recorded seasonal job gains in March.  The largest gains occurred in the Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Worcester, Barnstable, Framingham, and Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury, Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, and Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford areas.

From March 2016 to March 2017, thirteen of the fifteen areas added jobs, with the largest percentage gains in the New Bedford, Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Barnstable, Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury, and Pittsfield areas.

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 3.9 percent.

Last week, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported the statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 3.6 percent in the month of March.

The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed a 200 job gain in March, and an over-the-year gain of 49,000 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 2017 and the revised March 2017 unemployment rates, labor force data and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on Thursday May 18, 2017; local unemployment statistics will be released on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Detailed labor market information is available at www.mass.gov/lmi. See the 2017 Media Advisory annual schedule for complete listing of release dates.

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