For Immediate Release:
August 25, 2020
Contact: Charles Pearce 617-626-7121
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Latest Seasonally Unadjusted Unemployment and Job Estimates for Local Labor Markets in Massachusetts

BOSTON, MA August 25, 2020 --- Local unemployment rates decreased in twenty-four labor market areas in the state during the month of July, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported.

Compared to July 2019, the rates were up in twenty-four labor market areas.

Fourteen of the fifteen areas for which job estimates are published recorded job gains in July.  The largest gains occurred in the Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Barnstable, Worcester, Framingham, Peabody-Salem-Beverly, Springfield, and Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury areas.

From July 2019 to July 2020, all fifteen areas lost jobs with the largest percentage losses in the Barnstable, Lynn-Saugus-Marblehead, Pittsfield, Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury, and Springfield areas.

In order to compare the statewide rate to local unemployment rates, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the statewide-unadjusted unemployment rate for July was 16.2 percent.

Last week, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported the statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the month of July was 16.1 percent, 1.6 percentage points below the revised June rate of 17.7 percent.

The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed a 72,100 job gain in July, and an over-the-year loss of 452,600 jobs.

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 estimates for labor force, unemployment rates and jobs for Massachusetts are based on different statistical methodology specified by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

NOTES: The preliminary August 2020 and the revised July 2020 unemployment rates, labor force data and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on Friday, September 18, 2020; local unemployment statistics will be released on Tuesday, September 22, 2020. Detailed labor market information is available at www.mass.gov/lmi . See the 2020 Media Advisory for complete list of release dates.

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