Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and
|For Immediate Release:||September 19, 2013|
|Contact: Lauren Jones - 617-626-7121 (office); 617-372-6587 (cell)
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MASSACHUSETTS ADDS 7,500 JOBS IN AUGUST
Unemployment Rate Remains at 7.2 Percent
BOSTON, MA - September 19, 2013 --- The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development today reported that the Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) preliminary estimates show that Massachusetts added 7,500 jobs in August and the total unemployment rate remained unchanged over the month at 7.2 percent.
The private sector added 6,700 jobs in August as Education and Health Services; Leisure and Hospitality; Manufacturing; Construction; Information; and Financial Activities all added jobs. Since December 2012, Massachusetts has gained 22,800 jobs. Over the last 12 months, Massachusetts added 45,100 jobs, 43,500 of which were in the private sector.
Over the year, the unemployment rate was up 0.4 of a percentage point from the August 2012 rate of 6.8 percent. Revised BLS estimates show a 300 jobs loss in July.
Education and Health Services added 4,100 (+0.6%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Education and Health Services gained 16,300 (+2.4%) jobs.
Leisure and Hospitality gained 1,500 (+0.5%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Leisure and Hospitality added 3,400 jobs (+1.0%).
Manufacturing added 1,100 jobs (+0.4%) over the month with 1,000 jobs added in Non-Durable Goods. Over the year, Manufacturing lost 1,500 (-0.6%) jobs.
Construction gained 900 jobs (+0.8%) over the month. Over the year, Construction has added 4,700 (+4.1%) jobs.
Information added 700 (+0.8%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Information gained 3,100 (+3.5%) jobs.
Financial Activities gained 100 (0.0%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Financial Activities gained 500 (+0.2%) jobs.
Other Services lost 1,200 (-1.0%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Other Services added 1,800 (+1.5%) jobs.
Professional, Scientific and Business Services lost 300 (-0.1%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Professional, Scientific and Business Services added 10,000 (+2.0%) jobs.
Trade, Transportation and Utilities lost 100 (0.0%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Trade, Transportation, and Utilities added 5,300 (+1.0%) jobs.
Government added 800 (+0.2%) 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 August 2013 will be released on Tuesday, September 24, 2013. The preliminary September 2013 and revised August 2013 unemployment rate, labor force data and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on Thursday, October 17, 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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