Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and
Workforce Development

For Immediate Release: September 23, 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 - September 23, 2014 --- The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) today reported that the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates for August were down in thirteen areas, up in five labor market areas and four areas rates remained unchanged 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 August was 6.0 percent, down 0.1 of a percentage point from July. Over the year, the statewide unadjusted rate was down 1.0 percent from the August 2013 rate of 7.0 percent.

During August, the Worcester area recorded a gain in jobs, the remaining eleven areas for which job estimates are published reported losses.  The largest losses occurred in the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, and Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury areas. Since August 2013, nine of the twelve areas added jobs with the largest percentage gains in the Worcester, Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Framingham, and Springfield areas. The Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner, Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, and Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury areas lost jobs. Job losses were impacted by temporary employment disruptions in the retail trade sector.

The seasonally adjusted statewide August unemployment rate, released on September 18th, was 5.8 percent, up 0.2 of a percentage point over the month and down 1.4 percent over the year. The rate was 0.3 of a percentage point below the 6.1 percent national unemployment rate. The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed a 5,300 job loss in August and an over the year gain of 54,300 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 September 2014 and revised August 2014 unemployment rate, labor force data, and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on October 16, 2014; local unemployment statistics will be released on October 21, 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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