For Immediate Release:
 August 25, 2015
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Latest Seasonally Unadjusted Job and Unemployment Estimates for
Local Labor Markets In Massachusetts

BOSTON MA - August 25, 2015 --- The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reports today that seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates went down in four areas during the month of July, increased in fourteen areas and remained the same in six areas in the state.

According to data from U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the four areas where unadjusted unemployment rates dropped in July were Barnstable, Nantucket, Great Barrington and Vineyard Haven.

Three of the 15 areas for which job estimates are published recorded seasonal job gains in July, with gains in the Barnstable, Boston-Cambridge-Newton, and Pittsfield areas. Seasonal losses occurred in the remaining twelve areas.

Compared to July 2014, unemployment rates are down in all labor markets measured by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed a 7,200 job gain in July and an over the year gain of 69,300 jobs.

In order to compare the statewide rate to local unemployment rates, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the statewide unadjusted unemployment rate for July remained at 4.9 percent.

Last week, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported the statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.7 percent for the month of July. The unemployment rate is down 1.0 percent over the year.

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 labor force, unemployment rates and jobs estimates for Massachusetts is based on different statistical methodology specified by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.

NOTES: The preliminary August 2015 and revised July 2015 unemployment rate, labor force data, and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on Thursday, September 17, 2015; local unemployment statistics will be released on Tuesday, September 22, 2015. Detailed labor market information is available at www.mass.gov/lmi. See the 2015 Media Advisory annual schedule for complete listing of release dates.

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