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State Added 12,700 Jobs in July
By: EOLWD On: 10:03AM / Thursday August 18, 2011
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BOSTON — The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported Thursday that the preliminary July job estimates show an increase of 12,700 jobs, for a total of 3,246,800 jobs in Massachusetts. The private sector gained 11,600 jobs. The July total unemployment rate remained at 7.6 percent, well below the national rate of 9.1 percent.
 
Six of the 10 private sectors added jobs in July with the largest over the month gains in Education and Health Services; Other Services; Trade, Transportation and Utilities; Manufacturing; Professional and Business Services; and Financial Activities. The July job gain follows a revised 9,400 job gain in June, previously reported as a 10,400 job gain.
 
Over-the-year (July 2010 to July 2011), jobs are up 56,800, for a growth rate of 1.8 percent. Private sector jobs are up 61,900, a growth rate of 2.2 percent, with gains in nine of the 10 sectors. Year-to-date, (December 2010 to July 2011), 53,000 jobs have been added in the Bay State with 58,200 jobs in the private sector.

The biggest gains were in education and health services (3,000 for a .4 percent gain). Over-the-year, this sector has added 17,300 (up 2.6 percent) jobs with health care and social assistance gaining 15,000 (up 3 percent) and educational services 2,300 (1.4 percent). Also up were other services, primarly seasonal help, which is occurring later in the season and at higher levels.
 
Trade, transportation, and utilities gained 2,900 jobs, manufacturing gained 2,400 jobs. Construction, however, lost 1,500 jobs (down 1.4 percent) following a 1,900 job gain in June.  This sector had posted job gains in each of the previous four months. Over-the-year, this sector has added 2,100 (2 percent) jobs with gains in all component industries.
 
The July estimates show 3,208,700 Massachusetts residents were employed and 263,400 were unemployed, for a total labor force of 3,472,100. Since October 2009, there are 40,300 more residents employed and 41,000 fewer residents unemployed as the labor force decreased by 700.

Local area unemployment statistics for July 2011 will be released on Tuesday, Aug. 23.

To read the entire press release, go here.



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Berkshire Unemployment Rate Down
By: Staff Reports On: 10:40AM / Tuesday July 26, 2011
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The latest state jobless rates show Berkshire County falling within the state average for the month of June with a seasonally unadjusted rate of 7.3 percent.

The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development is reporting a seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate for June of  7.8 percent, up 0.4 of a percentage point from the revised May rate of 7.4 percent.  A statement from the office says that reflects seasonal increases in the number of residents entering and re-entering the labor force.

Berkshire County overall added more than 2,000 jobs over the month of May, and has 1,300 fewer jobless claims than January of this year. The county also is down from January's unemployment rate of 9.2 and has seen a decrease of more than a point from last year's average unemployment rate of 8.2.

Good news, but still far from 2000's average jobless rate of 2.9 percent. The following data is taken from the EOLWD site.

Berkshire County WIA

Laborforce, Employment and Unemployment

(not seasonally adjusted)
Month    Year  Labor Force  Employed  Unemployed  Unemployment Rate
06  2011    74,644    69,167    5,477    7.3  
05  2011    72,395    67,150    5,245    7.2  
04  2011    71,665    66,228    5,437    7.6  
03  2011    72,662    66,465    6,197    8.5  
02  2011    72,983    66,503    6,480    8.9  
01  2011    73,419    66,652    6,767    9.2  
Annual  Year  Labor Force  Employed  Unemployed  Unemployment Rate
Average  2010    73,530    67,492    6,039    8.2  
Average  2009    73,209    67,487    5,722    7.8  
Average  2008    73,136    69,400    3,736    5.1  
Average  2007    73,000    69,810    3,191    4.4  
Average  2006    73,466    70,292    3,175    4.3  
Average  2005    72,646    69,485    3,161    4.4  
Average  2004    72,125    68,705    3,420    4.7  
Average  2003    72,654    68,958    3,696    5.1  
Average  2002    72,706    69,395    3,311    4.6  
Average  2001    71,082    68,590    2,492    3.5  
Average  2000    70,160    68,092    2,068    2.9  

Occupational Wage Data

is available for this area. Download an Excel file with the data


2009 Average Employment and Wages
by Industry     All Ownership

 Industry Establish-
ments  
Total  
Wages
Average   
Employment
Average    
Weekly Wage
Total, All Industries 4,816   $2,340,412,497 60,540   $743  
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 29   $3,979,245 177   $432  
Mining 8   $6,023,640 108   $1,073  
Construction 596   $138,296,886 2,956   $900  
Manufacturing 171   $299,567,000 4,910   $1,173  
Utilities 14   $23,858,251 313   $1,466  
Wholesale Trade 128   $39,815,957 902   $849  
Retail Trade 692   $215,528,707 8,469   $489  
Transportation and Warehousing 98   $39,647,467 1,119   $681  
Information 89   $41,785,228 1,014   $792  
Finance and Insurance 166   $114,037,295 2,042   $1,074  
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 140   $19,772,993 624   $609  
Professional and Technical Services 354   $163,734,693 2,575   $1,223  
Management of Companies and Enterprises 15   $17,489,855 222   $1,515  
Administrative and Waste Services 250   $74,389,528 2,082   $687  
Educational Services 92   $304,530,714 7,352   $797  
Health Care and Social Assistance 398   $496,134,129 11,453   $833  
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation 109   $44,026,587 1,870   $453  
Accommodation and Food Services 489   $118,497,302 6,844   $333  
Other Services, Ex. Public Admin 821   $75,949,953 3,068   $476  
Public Administration 157   $103,347,066 2,440   $815  

Cities and Towns in

Berkshire County WIA

Largest Employers in

Berkshire County WIA

 



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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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State Continues Job Gains
By: Staff Reports On: 11:48AM / Tuesday July 20, 2010
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BOSTON — The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported that unemployment rates were lower in June than in May in 17 of the commonwealth's 22 labor-market areas. Unemployment rates were unchanged in the Springfield and North Adams areas and up in the remaining three areas.

Statewide, the June seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate fell to 8.8 percent, from May's rate of 9.1 percent. Over the year, the unadjusted unemployment rate is up 0.1 percent from the 8.7 percent rate in June 2009. The Pittsfield metro area saw its rate drop to 8.5 percent.

Job gains were recorded in 10 of the 12 occupational areas in June. In addition, all labor markets added jobs in construction, leisure and hospitality, and trade, transportation and utilities. The Boston-Cambridge-Quincy and Barnstable areas added the most jobs over the month. Over the year, the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy; Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton; Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury and New Bedford areas gained jobs.

Over the year, unemployment rates were lower in six areas in which their rates were also lower over-the-month. Rates were up over the year in the remaining 16 labor-market areas.

The seasonally adjusted statewide June 2010 unemployment rate, released on July 14, was 9 percent, down from the 9.2 percent in May. The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate for June 2010, also released on July 14, showed a gain of 500 jobs over the month. There have been six straight months of private-sector job growth, a total of 44,700 jobs added since December and 3,400 private-sector jobs created just in June.

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 July 2010 unemployment rate, labor force data and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on Aug. 19, 2010; local unemployment statistics will be released on Aug. 24, 2010. Detailed labor market information is available at www.mass.gov/lmi.



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