For Immediate Release:
 August 21, 2018
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Latest Seasonally Unadjusted Unemployment and Job Estimates for
Local Labor Markets in Massachusetts

BOSTON MA - August 21, 2018 --- Local unemployment rates decreased in seven labor market areas, increased in twelve areas and remained the same in five labor market areas in the state during the month of July, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported.

Compared to July 2017, the rates dropped in six labor market areas, remained the same in nine areas and increased in nine labor market areas.

Three of the fifteen areas for which job estimates are published recorded a seasonal job gain in July. The gains occurred in the Barnstable, Pittsfield, and Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford areas.

From July 2017 to July 2018, fourteen of the fifteen areas added jobs, with the largest percentage gains in the Lynn-Saugus-Marblehead, Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury, Worcester, and Taunton-Middleborough-Norton areas. The Framingham area lost jobs.

In order to compare the statewide rate to local unemployment rates, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the statewide-unadjusted unemployment rate for July was 3.9 percent.

Last week, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported the statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the month of July is up one-tenth of a percentage point at 3.6 percent.

The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed a 4,800 job gain in July, and an over-the-year gain of 66,800 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 August 2018 and the revised July 2018 unemployment rates, labor force data and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on Friday, September 21, 2018; local unemployment statistics will be released on Tuesday, September 25, 2018. Detailed labor market information is available at www.mass.gov/lmi. See the 2018 Media Advisory annual schedule for complete listing of release dates.

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