Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and
Workforce Development

For Immediate Release: November 25, 2014
Contact: Ann Dufresne - 617-626-7121
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Latest Seasonally Unadjusted Job and Unemployment Estimates for
Local Labor Markets In Massachusetts

BOSTON MA - November 25, 2014 --- The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) today reported that the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates for October were down in twenty labor market areas and up in two areas according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Over the year, unemployment rates were down in all the labor market areas.

The preliminary statewide unadjusted unemployment rate estimate for October was 5.1 percent, down 1.1 percent from September. Over the year, the statewide unadjusted rate was down 1.8 percent from the October 2013 rate of 6.9 percent.

During October, ten of the twelve areas for which job estimates are published recorded job gains.  The largest job gain was in the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy area followed by Worcester, Springfield, Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, Peabody, New Bedford, Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner and Framingham areas. The Pittsfield area had no change in its jobs level over the month while the Barnstable area recorded a seasonal loss. Since October 2013, all twelve areas added jobs with the largest percentage gains in the Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, Worcester, Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, Springfield and Pittsfield areas.

The seasonally adjusted statewide October unemployment rate, released on November 20th, remained unchanged over the month at 6.0 percent and down 1.2 percent over the year. The rate was 0.2 of a percentage point above the 5.8 percent national unemployment rate. The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed a 1,200 job gain in October and an over the year gain of 52,600 jobs.

The labor force, unemployment rates and jobs estimates for Massachusetts, and for every other state, are based on several different statistical methodologies specified by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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.

NOTES: The preliminary November 2014 and revised October 2014 unemployment rate, labor force data, and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on December 18, 2014; local unemployment statistics will be released on December 23, 2014. Detailed labor market information is available at See the 2014 Media Advisory annual schedule for complete listing of release dates.

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