For Immediate Release:
 June 19, 2018
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Latest Seasonally Unadjusted Unemployment and Job Estimates for
Local Labor Markets in Massachusetts

BOSTON MA - June 19, 2018 --- Local unemployment rates decreased in thirteen labor market areas, increased in six areas and remained the same in five labor market areas in the state during the month of May, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported.

Compared to May 2017, the rates dropped in twenty-three labor market areas and increased in one labor market area.

Fourteen of the fifteen areas for which job estimates are published recorded a seasonal job gain in May. The largest gains occurred in the Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Barnstable, Worcester, Framingham, and Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury areas. The Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton area lost jobs over the month.

From May 2017 to May 2018, all fifteen areas added jobs, with the largest percentage gains in the Lynn-Saugus-Marblehead, Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury, Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, and Worcester areas.

In order to compare the statewide rate to local unemployment rates, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the statewide-unadjusted unemployment rate for May was 3.3 percent.

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

The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed a 6,200 job gain in May, and an over-the-year gain of 56,100 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 (BLS). Estimates for towns with 2010 Census population of less than 1,000 were produced using the BLS methodology, but are not official BLS estimates.

NOTES: The preliminary June 2018 and the revised May 2018 unemployment rates, labor force data and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on Friday July 20, 2018; local unemployment statistics will be released on Tuesday, July 24, 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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