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Pittsfield, North Adams Jobless Rates Drop Slightly
By: Staff Reports On: 09:47AM / Tuesday March 08, 2011
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BOSTON — The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reports that the January seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates were up in all 22 labor-market areas, including Pittsfield, reflecting seasonal trends.

Statewide, the January seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate was 9.0 percent, an increase of 1.0 percentage point from the revised December rate of 8.0 percent. Despite adding jobs over January 2010, Pittsfield's unadjusted jobless rate is 9.3 percent and North Adams is 10.5. Both those rates are down fractionally over last year.
 
Over-the-year, unemployment rates were lower in 20 of the 22 areas. The Amherst and Tisbury rates were up. Over-the-year, the state unadjusted unemployment rate was down 0.6 of a percentage point from the 9.6 percent rate in January 2010.
 
In January seasonal influences resulted in over-the-month jobs losses in all 12 areas for which job estimates are published.  However, over-the-year job gains were realized in nine of the areas while three had a loss. Job gains occurred in the New Bedford, Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Worcester; Barnstable, Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, Haverhill-North-Andover-Amesbury, Pittsfield, Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner and Springfield areas.  The Peabody, Framingham, and Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford areas lost jobs.
 
The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate released on March 3rd showed a 5,600 job gain. The commonwealth has added 33,800 jobs since December 2009. The seasonally adjusted statewide January unemployment rate of 8.3 percent was unchanged over-the-month and down 0.5 of a percentage point from the 8.8 percent rate in January 2010. The Massachusetts statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remains well below the national rate of 9.0 percent.
 
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 local area unemployment rates and labor force data have been revised for 2010; the revised estimates for 2006 through 2009 will be published on March 29, 2011.  The labor area jobs data have been revised for 2009 and 2010.
 
The February 2011 unemployment rate, labor force data and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on March 17, 2011; local unemployment statistics will be released on March 29, 2011.  Detailed labor market information is available at www.mass.gov/lmi. See the revised February, 2011 Media Advisory annual schedule for complete listing of release dates also at www.mass.gov/lmi.

 

Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development
Division of Unemployment Assistance

Labor Force, Employment and Unemployment

Massachusetts and Labor Areas

(Data not seasonally adjusted)
Location Labor Force Employment Unemployment Rate
  Jan
2011
Dec
2010
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2010
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2011
Dec
2010
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2010
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2011
Dec
2010
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Mass. 3,482,900 3,488,300 3,464,900 3,171,000 3,209,100 3,130,800 311,900 279,200 334,000 9.0 % 8.0 % 9.6 %
Metropolitian Divisions                        
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy 1,541,284 1,542,443 1,532,459 1,426,878 1,437,727 1,408,122 114,406 104,716 124,337 7.4 % 6.8 % 8.1 %
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton 129,670 129,316 128,531 116,387 117,477 114,555 13,283 11,839 13,976 10.2 % 9.2 % 10.9 %
Framingham,
NECTA
148,411 148,310 148,682 138,378 139,131 137,500 10,033 9,179 11,182 6.8 % 6.2 % 7.5 %
Haverhill-N Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH 124,596 124,353 123,924 114,509 115,367 112,520 10,087 8,986 11,404 8.1 % 7.2 % 9.2 %
Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, MA-NH 75,130 74,578 73,052 65,344 65,543 63,095 9,786 9,035 9,957 13.0 % 12.1 % 13.6 %
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH 155,408 155,525 155,512 141,515 142,899 140,002 13,893 12,626 15,510 8.9 % 8.1 % 10.0 %
Taunton-Norton-Raynham, MA 64,649 64,050 64,269 58,447 58,627 57,609 6,202 5,423 6,660 9.6 % 8.5 % 10.4 %
Metropolitian Statisical Areas                        
Barnstable, MA 129,408 130,873 128,027 114,465 118,555 112,510 14,943 12,318 15,517 11.5 % 9.4 % 12.1 %
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH 2,547,518 2,546,972 2,535,514 2,347,852 2,365,154 2,317,075 199,666 181,818 218,439 7.8 % 7.1 % 8.6 %
Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner, 74,113 73,872 73,944 65,509 66,033 64,976 8,604 7,839 8,968 11.6 % 10.6 % 12.1 %
New Bedford 88,011 87,442 86,727 75,948 77,374 74,177 12,063 10,068 12,550 13.7 % 11.5 % 14.5 %
Pittsfield 39,570 39,471 39,140 35,904 36,249 35,439 3,666 3,222 3,701 9.3 % 8.2 % 9.5 %
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA 152,181 151,191 151,844 132,874 134,935 130,729 19,307 16,256 21,115 12.7 % 10.8 % 13.9 %
Springfield, MA-CT 347,539 349,900 346,627 311,642 318,289 309,387 35,897 31,611 37,240 10.3 % 9.0 % 10.7 %
Worcester, MA-CT 297,730 297,215 296,462 269,854 271,904 266,646 27,876 25,311 29,816 9.4 % 8.5 % 10.1 %
Micropolitian Statisical Areas                        
Amherst
Center, MA
23,037 25,815 22,991 21,616 24,454 21,605 1,421 1,361 1,386 6.2 % 5.3 % 6.0 %
Athol 10,624 10,505 10,624 9,422 9,419 9,303 1,202 1,086 1,321 11.3 % 10.3 % 12.4 %
Greenfield 22,122 22,199 22,096 20,150 20,426 19,941 1,972 1,773 2,155 8.9 % 8.0 % 9.8 %
North Adams, MA-VT 17,580 17,645 17,498 15,736 16,023 15,584 1,844 1,622 1,914 10.5 % 9.2 % 10.9 %
Other Labor Market Areass                        
Great
Barrington,
MA LMA
16,762 16,822 16,651 15,461 15,712 15,272 1,301 1,110 1,379 7.8 % 6.6 % 8.3 %
Nantucket County/town LMA 5,984 6,737 5,888 5,076 6,078 4,962 908 659 926 15.2 % 9.8 % 15.7 %
Tisbury, LMA 9,535 10,030 9,520 8,280 9,012 8,306 1,255 1,018 1,214 13.2 % 10.1 % 12.8 %




 



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Berkshire Jobless Rates Drop
By: Staff Reports On: 05:02PM / Tuesday September 21, 2010
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BOSTON — The three labor market areas in the Berkshires each saw their jobless rates fall nearly a percent since July, posting unemployment figures on par with August 2009.

The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported that the August seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates were down in all 22 labor-market areas. Statewide, the August seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate dropped from 9.1 percent in July to 8.3 percent. Statewide, jobs unadjusted were down 5,800 over-the-month as the private sector unadjusted job gain of 3,100 was more than offset by the loss of 8,900 jobs in government.

The North Adams micropolitan area saw its jobless rate drop from 10.1 in July to 9.0 in August, the same rate as a year ago. Pittsfield dropped from 8.7 to 7.9 and Great Barrington from 6.5 to 5.7. Jobs gains for the most part were minimal, with each market showing a loss in total labor force since July.

The Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner area added jobs, jobs were unchanged in the Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton area and the remaining ten areas for which jobs are estimated lost jobs in August. Over-the-year, six areas added jobs.

Over-the-year, unemployment rates were lower in 15 areas, unchanged in the North Adams area and up in the remaining 17 labor market areas.

Over-the-year, the unadjusted unemployment rate is down 0.3 percent from the 8.6 percent rate in August 2009.

The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate released on Sept. 16 showed 2,100 jobs gained. The state has added 64,300 jobs since December. The seasonally adjusted statewide August 2010 unemployment rate of 8.8 percent was down from the 9.0 percent rate in May and June and below the national rate of 9.6 percent.

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.

The September 2010 unemployment rate, labor force data and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on Oct. 21, 2010; local unemployment statistics will be released on Oct. 26, 2010. Detailed labor market information is available at www.mass.gov/lmi.



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Bay State Continues to Add Jobs
By: Staff Reports On: 02:04PM / Thursday August 19, 2010
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BOSTON — The job growth continues in the state as the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reports that the private sector added 19,200 jobs in July, the largest monthly job gain in the private sector in 20 years. Governmental employment dropped by 6,000, signifying the reduction in temporary Census jobs.

Overall, the state's preliminary figures show 3,197,800 jobs, an increase of 13,200 jobs. The This marks the sixth straight month for job gains, with 60,200 jobs added since December.

The total unemployment rate held at 9.0 percent in July. The Massachusetts unemployment rate remains below the 9.5 percent national rate which was also unchanged over-the-month.

The gains were made in all nine job sectors; the largest gains wre in Leisure and Hospitality; Trade, Transportation and Utilities; Manufacturing; and Professional, Scientific and Business Services.
 
The July job growth follows on a revised 2,800 jobs gain in June, previously reported as a 500-job gain. Over-the-year, jobs are up 36,600 (or 1.2 percent) with private sector jobs up 32,500 (also 1.2 percent).

Trends for jobs, unemployed residents, the unemployment rate and unemployment insurance claims continue to indicate signs of improvement for the commonwealth's economy.

Local area unemployment statistics for July 2010 will be released on Tuesday, Aug. 24. Detailed labor market information is available at www.mass.gov/lmi.



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Berkshire CountyJobless Rate Drops
By: Staff Reports On: 04:44PM / Tuesday June 22, 2010
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire County is doing slightly better than the statewide average in keeping people working, according to May statistics released by the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

May's jobless rate for the county was 8.6 percent (not seasonally adjusted), compared to the statewide 9.2 percent and full percentage point below the national rate.

The Pittsfield Metropolitan area added 200 jobs in the past month, from 34,900 in April to 35,100 in May. The metropolitan area had a jobless rate of 8.9 percent, down from 9.3 percent in April. It had a 7.8 percent rate in May 2009.

Separately, Pittsfield's jobless rate is 9.7, nearly 5 points higher than the state rate. Of the city's labor force of 23,075, some 2,246 are receiving unemployment benefits.

Tiny Florida continued with the highest jobless rate of 11.7 percent; the lowest was Mount Washington with 2.1.

North Adams' jobless rate remains high at 10.4 percent, representing some 758 people out of work. Adams was higher at 11.2 percent, or about 500 out of work. The Great Barrington Labor Market Area, covering much of South County, had a jobless rate of 6.8 percent in May, down from 7.6 percent in April; a year ago, the rate was 6.1 percent.

Still, the unemployment rate for Berkshire County has dropped significantly since March's 9.6 percent and the state has added jobs for four consecutive months. The jobless rate dropped in 11 of the state's 22 labor market areas.

The June 2010 unemployment rate, labor force data and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on July 15, 2010; local unemployment statistics will be released on July 20, 2010. Detailed labor market information is available at www.mass.gov/lmi.



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State Adds Jobs for Fourth Straight Month
By: Staff Reports On: 01:56PM / Thursday June 17, 2010
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BOSTON — Massachusetts has added jobs for the fourth straight month, a sign that it may be recovering from financial downturn

The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported Thursday that preliminary job estimates for May count 3,182,400 jobs in Massachusetts with 15,800 jobs added this month – including 7,000 in the private sector. The state unemployment rate remained at 9.2 percent, below the national rate of 9.7 percent.

Local statistics will be available June 22.

The private sector added 7,000 jobs mainly in the Leisure and Hospitality, Education and Health Services and Construction (4,800 since March) sectors. Leisure and Hospitality added 4,700 jobs (plus-1.6 percent) in May with job gains in Accommodation and Food Services more than offsetting the losses in Arts, Entertainment and Recreation (500 jobs). It's the second time in three months jobs have been added to Leisure and Hospitality.

Over-the-year, Education and Health Services added 18,300 jobs (plus-2.8 percent) with job growth in both Educational Services and Health Care and Social Assistance.

Government added 8,800 jobs mostly because of the federal government's temporary hiring for the Census. The May job growth follows on a revised 18,700 (previously reported as 19,100) jobs gain in April, of which 15,800 were private sector jobs.

Even with this latest revision, last month's jobs gain remains the highest jobs growth figure in 17 years. The March to April 2010 private sector gain was 15,800 jobs, the largest over the month private sector jobs gain in 11 years.

Since December 2009, the state has added 44,800 jobs with 34,500 or 77 percent of these jobs gains occurring in the private sector. Jobs growth has occurred in seven of the nine private sectors year-to-date. Education and Health Services added the most jobs, Professional, Scientific and Business Services recording the largest percentage gain in jobs, and the Construction sector and the Retail and Wholesale Trade industries gained jobs.

The May estimates show 3,165,900 Massachusetts residents were employed and 320,400 were unemployed, for a total labor force of 3,486,400. The labor force is 11,400 above last year's level, with 23,100 fewer residents employed and 34,300 more residents' unemployed than one year ago. Totals may not add exactly due to rounding.

Year-to-date, job growth has extended into most sectors. Trends for jobs, the unemployment rate and unemployment insurance claims figures are encouraging signs of economic improvement for the state.



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