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For Immediate Release:
 May 19, 2016
Contact: Colleen Quinn 617-626-7121
Colleen.Quinn@state.ma.us
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Unemployment Rate Dropped to 4.2 percent in April
Massachusetts Added 13,900 Jobs
 

BOSTON, MA - May 19, 2016 --- The state's total unemployment rate dropped to 4.2 percent in April from the March rate of 4.4 percent, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development announced Thursday.

The preliminary job estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate Massachusetts continues to gain jobs, with 13,900 added in April.

The April gain follows March's revised gain of 6,600 jobs. Year-to-date, December 2015 to April 2016, Massachusetts has added 35,600 jobs.

In April, over the month job gains occurred in the Professional, Scientific and Business Services; Leisure and Hospitality; Trade, Transportation and Utilities; Education and Health Services; Other Services; Information; Financial Activities; and Manufacturing.

The April state unemployment rate remains lower than the national rate of 5.0 percent reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

"We see continued strong job gains in many of the traditional economic drivers for the state, such as Professional and Scientific, Education and Health Care, Leisure and Hospitality, Trade, Transportation and Utilities," Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Ronald L. Walker, II said. "The strong job gains in April are on the heels of 6,600 jobs added in March, and 13,900 jobs added in February."

The labor force increased by 15,400 from 3,581,500 in March, as 19,000 more residents were employed and 3,500 fewer residents were unemployed over the month.

Over the year, the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped 0.8 of a percentage point from 5.0 percent in April 2015. There were 27,100 fewer unemployed persons and 40,400 more employed persons over the year compared to April 2015.

The state's labor force participation rate -- the total number of residents 16 or older who worked or were unemployed and actively sought work in the last four weeks -- increased 0.3 of a percentage point to 65.0 percent over the month. The labor force participation rate over the year has decreased 0.3 of a percentage point compared to April 2015.

Over the year, the largest private sector percentage job gains were in Construction; Professional, Scientific and Business Services; Other Services; Information; and Education and Health Services.

April 2016 Employment Overview

Professional, Scientific and Business Services added 5,400 (+1.0%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Professional, Scientific and Business Services added 15,800 (+3.0%) jobs.

Leisure and Hospitality gained 4,100 jobs (+1.2%) over the month. Over the year, Leisure and Hospitality added 7,000 (+2.0%) jobs.

Trade, Transportation and Utilities added 1,100 (+0.2%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Trade, Transportation and Utilities added 6,200 (+1.1%) jobs.

Education and Health Services gained 1,000 (+0.1%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Education and Health Services gained 17,600 (+2.3%) jobs.

Other Services added 900 (+0.7%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Other Services are up 3,700 (+2.8%) jobs.

Information gained 900 (+1.0%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Information added 2,100 (+2.4%) jobs.

Financial Activities added 700 (+0.3%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Financial Activities gained 3,700 (+1.7%) jobs.

Manufacturing gained 200 (+0.1%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Manufacturing lost 400 (-0.2%) jobs.

Construction lost 200 (-0.1%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Construction has gained 13,900 (+10.2%) jobs.

Government lost 100 (0.0%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Government gained 4,000 (+0.9%) jobs.

Labor Force Overview

The April estimates show 3,444,600 Massachusetts residents were employed and 152,300 were unemployed, for a total labor force of 3,596,900. The unemployment rate was 4.2 percent. The April labor force increased by 15,400 from 3,581,500 in March, as 19,000 more residents were employed and 3,500 fewer residents were unemployed over the month. The labor force participation rate, the share of working age population employed and unemployed, was 65.0 percent. The labor force was 13,300 below the 3,583,600 April 2015 estimate, with 27,100 fewer residents unemployed and 40,400 more residents employed.

The unemployment rate is based on a monthly sample of households. The job estimates are derived from a monthly sample survey of employers. As a result, the two statistics may exhibit different monthly trends.

NOTES: The labor force is the sum of the numbers of employed residents and those unemployed, that is residents not working but actively seeking work in the last four weeks. Estimates may not add up to the total labor force due to rounding.
Beginning with the March 2011 estimates, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has assumed responsibility for the production of the CES State and sub-state jobs estimates. BLS has also implemented methodological changes which may increase the month to month variability of the estimates. See Changes to procedures for producing Current Employment Statistics (CES) State estimates.

Local area unemployment statistics for April 2016 will be released on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. The preliminary May 2016 and revised April 2016 unemployment rate, labor force and job estimates for Massachusetts will be released on Thursday, June 16, 2016. See the 2016 Media Advisory annual schedule for complete list of release dates.

Detailed labor market information is available at www.mass.gov/lmi.

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