Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and
Workforce Development

For Immediate Release: January 28, 2014
Contact: EOLWD Communications - 617-626-7100
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BOSTON MA - January 28, 2014 --- The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) today reported that, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates for December were up in sixteen areas, and unchanged in six areas.  

The preliminary estimates indicate statewide that the December unadjusted unemployment rate was 6.7 percent, up 0.1 of a percentage point over the month. Over the year, the statewide unadjusted rate was also up 0.1 of a percentage point from the December 2012 rate of 6.6 percent.

In December, over the month job gains occurred in four of the twelve areas for which estimates are published while one had no change and the remaining seven areas lost jobs.  The largest job gain was in the Peabody area followed by the Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner, and Framingham areas. Pittsfield was the only area to have no change in its jobs level. Over the year, all twelve areas added jobs with the largest percentage gains in the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Peabody, Framingham, and Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury areas.

The seasonally adjusted statewide December unemployment rate, released on January 23rd, was 7.0 percent, down 0.1 of a percentage point over the month and up 0.3 of a percentage point over the year. The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed a 10,300 job gain in December and an over the year gain of 55,500 jobs.

The labor force, unemployment rates and jobs estimates for Massachusetts, and for every other state, are based on several different 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 January 2014 and revised 2013 unemployment rate, labor force data, and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on March 6, 2014; local unemployment statistics will be released on March 11, 2014. Detailed labor market information is available at See the 2014 Media Advisory annual schedule for complete listing of release dates.

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