For Immediate Release:
 April 19, 2016
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Latest Seasonally Unadjusted Unemployment and Job Estimates for
Local Labor Markets in Massachusetts

BOSTON MA - April 19, 2016 --- Local unemployment rates dropped in twelve labor market areas, remained the same in nine areas and increased in three areas in the state during the month of March, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported.  The rates were down in all areas compared to March 2015.

Fourteen areas added jobs over the month, with the largest gains in the Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Springfield, Worcester, Framingham and Barnstable areas.  The Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford area recorded the only loss over the month.

From March 2015 to March 2016, fourteen areas added jobs with the largest percentage gains in the Haverhill-Newport-Amesbury, Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton and Barnstable areas. The Lynn-Saugus-Marblehead area jobs level remained unchanged.

In order to compare the statewide rate to local unemployment rates, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the statewide unadjusted unemployment rate for March is 4.6 percent, down 0.1 of a percentage point from the February rate.

Last week, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported the statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.4 percent for the month of March. The unemployment rate is down 0.7 percent over the year.

The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed a 6,900 job gain in March and an over-the-year gain of 61,400 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.

NOTES:The preliminary April 2016 and revised March 2016 unemployment rates, labor force data and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on Thursday, May 19, 2016; local unemployment statistics will be released on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. Detailed labor market information is available at www.mass.gov/lmi. See the 2016 Media Advisory annual schedule for complete listing of release dates.

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