Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and
|For Immediate Release:||August 15, 2013|
|Contact: Lauren Jones - 617-626-7121 (office); 617-372-6587 (cell)
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MASSACHUSETTS ADDS 300 JOBS IN JULY
Unemployment Rate at 7.2 Percent
BOSTON, MA - August 15, 2013 --- The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development today reported that the Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) preliminary estimates show that Massachusetts added 300 jobs in July and the the total unemployment rate increased to 7.2 percent.
The private sector added 2,500 jobs in July as Leisure and Hospitality; Trade, Transportation, and Utilities; Information; Financial Activities; and Professional, Scientific, and Business Services all added jobs. Since December 2012, Massachusetts has gained 15,900 jobs. Over the year, Massachusetts added 40,100 jobs, 38,500 of which were in the private sector.
Over the year, the unemployment rate was up 0.4 of a percentage point from the July 2012 rate of 6.8 percent. Revised BLS estimates show a 2,100 jobs loss in June (preliminary BLS estimates showed 2,800 jobs were added in June).
Trade, Transportation and Utilities gained 1,500 (+0.3%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Trade, Transportation, and Utilities added 4,200 (+0.8%) jobs.
Information added 800 (+0.9%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Information gained 1,500 (+1.7%) jobs.
Financial Activities added 500 (+0.2%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Financial Activities gained 200 (+0.1%) jobs.
Professional, Scientific and Business Services gained 100 (0.0%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Professional, Scientific and Business Services added 11,600 (+2.4%) jobs.
Construction jobs were unchanged over the month. Over the year, Construction has added 4,600 (+4.0%) jobs.
Education and Health Services shed 1,100 (-0.2%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Education and Health Services gained 13,200 (+1.9%) jobs.
Other Services lost 600 (-0.5%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Other Services added 3,100 (+2.5%) jobs.
Manufacturing lost 400 jobs (-0.2%) over the month. Over the year, Manufacturing lost 3,500 (-1.4%) jobs.
Government lost 2,200 (-0.5%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Government gained 1,600 (+0.4%) jobs.
The unemployment rate is based on a monthly sample of households. The job estimates are derived from a monthly sample survey of employers. As a result, the two statistics may exhibit different monthly trends.
NOTES: Beginning with the March 2011 estimates, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has assumed responsibility for the production of the CES State and sub-state jobs estimates. BLS has also implemented methodological changes which may increase the month to month variability of the estimates. (See Changes to procedures for producing Current Employment Statistics (CES) State estimates.)
Local area unemployment statistics for July 2013 will be released on Tuesday, August 20, 2013. The preliminary August 2013 and revised July 2013 unemployment rate, labor force data and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on Thursday, September 19, 2013. See the 2013 Media Advisory annual schedule for complete listing of release dates. Detailed labor market information is available at www.mass.gov/lmi.
|Statewide Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment||Statewide Seasonally Adjusted Employment|
|Statewide Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment||Statewide Not Seasonally Adjusted Employment|
|Labor Force and Unemployment Data||Current Employment Statistics Data|
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