Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development
|For Immediate Release:||March 26, 2013|
|Contact: Kevin Franck|
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LATEST SEASONALLY UNADJUSTED JOB AND UNEMPLOYMENT ESTIMATES FOR
LOCAL LABOR MARKETS IN THE COMMONWEALTH
BOSTON MA - Tuesday, March 26, 2013 --- The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development today reported that according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates for February 2013 were down in twenty-one areas and up in one area over the month. Over the year, the rates were down in twenty areas and remained unchanged in two areas.
Statewide, the February seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate was 6.8 %, down 0.6 of a percentage point over the month. Over the year, the statewide unadjusted rate was 0.5 of a percentage point below the 7.3% rate posted for February 2012.
In February 2013, over the month job gains occurred in the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Springfield, Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, New Bedford, and Peabody areas. The remaining six areas all recorded a loss.
Over the year, ten of the twelve areas added jobs with the largest percentage gains in the Barnstable, Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, Peabody, and Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury areas.
The seasonally adjusted statewide February unemployment rate, released on March 21st, was 6.5%, down 0.2 of a percentage point over the month and down 0.2 of a percentage point from the 6.7 % rate recorded in February 2012. The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed a 500 job gain in February following a gain of 18,900 jobs in January.
The labor force, unemployment rates and jobs estimates, for Massachusetts and for every other state, are based on 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 March 2013 unemployment rate, labor force data, and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on April 18, 2013; local unemployment statistics will be released on April 23, 2013. Detailed labor market information is available at www.mass.gov/lmi. See the 2013 Revised Media Advisory annual schedule for complete listing of release dates.
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|Statewide Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment||Statewide Seasonally Adjusted Employment|
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