Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and
Workforce Development

For Immediate Release: June 24, 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 - June 24, 2014 --- The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) today reported that the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates for May were down in all twenty-two labor market areas according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Over the year, unemployment rates were also down in all the labor market areas.

The preliminary statewide unadjusted unemployment rate estimate for May was 5.2 percent, down 0.4 of a percentage point from April. Over the year, the statewide unadjusted rate was down 1.7 percent from the May 2013 rate of 6.9 percent.

During May, eleven of the twelve areas for which job estimates are published recorded seasonal job gains.  The largest job gains were in the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Barnstable, Worcester, Springfield, Framingham and Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury areas. The Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner area jobs were unchanged over the month. Since May 2013, ten of the twelve areas added jobs with the largest percentage gains in the New Bedford, Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Barnstable, Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, and Springfield areas. The Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner area had no change in its jobs level while the Pittsfield area lost jobs.

The seasonally adjusted statewide May unemployment rate, released on June 19th, was 5.6 percent, down 0.4 of a percentage point over the month and down 1.4 percent over the year. The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed a 9,100 job gain in May and an over the year gain of 49,700 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 June 2014 and revised May 2014 unemployment rate, labor force data, and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on July 17, 2014; local unemployment statistics will be released on July 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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