Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and
Workforce Development

For Immediate Release: May 20, 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 - May 20, 2014 --- The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) today reported that the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates for April dropped in twenty labor market areas and rose in two areas according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Over the year unemployment rates fell in twenty-one areas and one area remained unchanged.

The preliminary statewide unadjusted unemployment rate estimate for April was 5.6 percent, down 1.0 percentage point from March. Over the year, the statewide unadjusted rate was also down 1.0 percentage point from the April 2013 rate of 6.6 percent.

During April, all twelve areas for which job estimates are published recorded seasonal job gains.  The largest job gains were in the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Springfield, Barnstable, Worcester and Framingham areas. Since last April, eleven of the twelve areas added jobs with the largest percentage gains in the Barnstable, Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, New Bedford, Framingham, and Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford areas. The Pittsfield area lost jobs.

The seasonally adjusted statewide April unemployment rate, released on May 15th, was 6.0 percent, down 0.3 of a percentage point over the month and down 1.0 percentage point over the year. The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed a 1,600 job loss in April and an over the year gain of 46,200 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 May 2014 and revised April 2014 unemployment rate, labor force data, and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on June 19, 2014; local unemployment statistics will be released on June 24, 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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