For Immediate Release:
 December 24, 2019
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Latest Seasonally Unadjusted Unemployment and Job Estimates for Local Labor Markets in Massachusetts

BOSTON, MA December 24, 2019 --- Local unemployment rates decreased in sixteen labor market areas, increased in three labor market areas and remained unchanged in five labor market areas in the state during the month of November, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported.

Compared to November 2018, the rates dropped in twenty-two labor market areas, increased in one labor market area, and remained unchanged in one labor market area.

Nine of the fifteen areas for which job estimates are published recorded seasonal job gains in November.  The nine gains occurred in the Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Springfield, Worcester, Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, Leominster-Gardner, Taunton-Middleborough-Norton, New Bedford, Framingham, and Haverhill-Newburyport-Andover areas. The remaining six areas recorded losses the largest of which occurred in Barnstable followed by the Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, Peabody-Salem-Beverly, Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, Lynn-Saugus-Marblehead, and Pittsfield areas.

From November 2018 to November 2019, twelve of the fifteen areas added jobs, with the largest percentage gains in the Springfield, Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury, Lynn-Saugus-Marblehead, Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Peabody-Salem-Beverly, and Leominster-Gardner areas. Losses occurred in the Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, Worcester, and Taunton-Middleborough-Norton areas.

In order to compare the statewide rate to local unemployment rates, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the statewide-unadjusted unemployment rate for November was 2.3 percent.

Last week, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported the statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the month of November remained unchanged at 2.9 percent.

The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed a 5,200 job gain in November, and an over-the-year gain of 48,600 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 December 2019 and the revised November 2019 unemployment rates, labor force data and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on Friday, January 24, 2020; local unemployment statistics will be released on Tuesday, January 28, 2020. Detailed labor market information is available at www.mass.gov/lmi. See the 2019 Media Advisory for complete list of release dates.

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