Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and
Workforce Development

For Immediate Release: March 11, 2014
Contact: Ann Dufresne - 617-626-7121
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Latest Seasonally Unadjusted Job and Unemployment Estimates for
Local Labor Markets In Massachusetts

BOSTON MA - March 11, 2014 --- The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) today reported that the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates for January were up in all twenty-two labor market areas,  according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Over the year the rates were down in all areas.

The preliminary estimates indicate that the statewide January unadjusted unemployment rate was 7.1 percent, up 0.4 of a percentage point over the month. Over the year, the statewide unadjusted rate was down 0.7 of a percentage point from the January 2013 rate of 7.8 percent.

During January, all twelve areas for which job estimates are published recorded seasonal job losses.  The largest job loss was in the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy area followed by Springfield; Barnstable; and Worcester. Since last January, all twelve areas added jobs with the largest percentage gains in the Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury; Barnstable; Boston-Cambridge-Quincy; and Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton areas.

The seasonally adjusted statewide January unemployment rate, released on March 6th, was 6.8 percent, down 0.3 of a percentage point over the month and down 0.1 of a percentage point over the year. The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed a 4,500 job loss in January and an over the year gain of 50,000 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 February 2014 and revised January 2014 unemployment rate, labor force data, and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on March 20, 2014; local unemployment statistics will be released on March 25, 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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