Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and
Workforce Development

For Immediate Release: March 25, 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 25, 2014 --- The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) today reported that the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates for February were up in nineteen labor market areas; unchanged in Pittsfield and Tisbury; and up in Nantucket, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Over the year the rates were down in twenty areas and up in two.

The preliminary statewide February unadjusted unemployment rate estimate was 6.8 percent, down 0.3 of a percentage point from January. Over the year, the statewide unadjusted rate was down 0.6 of a percentage point from the February 2013 rate of 7.4 percent.

During February, six of twelve areas for which job estimates are published recorded seasonal job gains while one had no change and the remaining five areas lost jobs.  The largest job gain was in the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy area followed by Springfield, Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, New Bedford, and Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton areas. Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner was the only area to have no change in its jobs level. Since last February, eleven of the twelve areas added jobs with the largest percentage gains in the Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, Barnstable, New Bedford, and Boston-Cambridge-Quincy areas. The Pittsfield area recorded the one loss.

The seasonally adjusted statewide February unemployment rate, released on March 20th, was 6.5 percent, down 0.3 of a percentage point over the month and down 0.4 of a percentage point over the year. The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed a 3,800 job gain in February and an over the year gain of 47,600 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 preliminary March 2014 and revised February 2014 unemployment rate, labor force data, and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on April 17, 2014; local unemployment statistics will be released on April 22, 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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