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For Immediate Release:
 May 26, 2015
Contact: Colleen Quinn - 617-626-7121
Colleen.Quinn@state.ma.us
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Latest Seasonally Unadjusted Job and Unemployment Estimates for
Local Labor Markets In Massachusetts
 

BOSTON MA - May 26, 2015 --- Today the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) reported that the Bureau of Labor Statistics seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates for April were down in all twenty-four labor market areas over the month and over the year.  

During April, all fifteen areas for which job estimates are published recorded seasonal job gains.  The largest job gains were in the Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Springfield, Barnstable, Worcester and Framingham areas. Since last April, fourteen areas added jobs with the largest percentage gains in the Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, Lynn-Saugus-Marblehead, Leominster-Gardner, Barnstable, Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, and Worcester areas.

In order to compare the statewide rate to the local unemployment rates, BLS estimates that the statewide unadjusted unemployment rate for April was 4.1 percent, down 0.9 of a percentage point from the March 2015 rate. Over the year, the statewide unadjusted rate was down 1.4 percent from the April 2014 rate of 5.5 percent.

The seasonally adjusted April statewide unemployment rate, released on May 21, 2015, was 4.7 percent, down 0.1 of a percentage point over the month and down 1.1 percent over the year. The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed a 10,100 job gain in April and an over the year gain of 66,100 jobs.

The labor force, unemployment rates and jobs estimates for Massachusetts, and for every other state, are based on 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 May 2015 and revised April 2015 unemployment rate, labor force data, and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on Thursday, June 18, 2015; local unemployment statistics will be released on Tuesday, June 23, 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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