Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and
|For Immediate Release:||April 23, 2013|
|Contact: Kevin Franck|
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LATEST SEASONALLY UNADJUSTED JOB AND
UNEMPLOYMENT ESTIMATES FOR LOCAL LABOR
MARKETS IN THE COMMONWEALTH
BOSTON MA - April 23, 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 March 2013 were down in eight areas; up in seven areas; and unchanged in seven areas over the month. Over the year, the rates were down in fourteen areas; up in five areas; and unchanged in three areas.
Statewide, the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged over the month at 6.8% and 11,300 jobs were added in March. Over the year, the statewide unadjusted rate edged down by 0.1 of a percentage point from the 6.9% rate posted for March 2012 and Massachusetts added 32,400 jobs.
In March 2013, over the month job gains occurred in eleven of the twelve areas, the largest of which were in the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Worcester; Barnstable; Springfield; and Framingham areas. The Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner was the only area to record a job loss.
Over the year, eight of the twelve areas added jobs with the largest percentage gains in the Barnstable, Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury and Peabody areas.
The seasonally adjusted statewide March unemployment rate, released on April 18th, was 6.4%, down 0.1 of a percentage point over the month and down 0.2 of a percentage point from the 6.6% rate recorded in March 2012. The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed a 5,500 job loss in March following a loss of 800 jobs in February.
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 April 2013 unemployment rate, labor force data, and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on May 16, 2013; local unemployment statistics will be released on May 21, 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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