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Pittsfield, North Adams Jobless Rates Drop Slightly

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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
Jan
2010
Jan
2011
Dec
2010
Jan
2010
Jan
2011
Dec
2010
Jan
2010
Jan
2011
Dec
2010
Jan
2010
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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