For Immediate Release:
March 30, 2021
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 March 30, 2021 --- Local unemployment rates dropped in twenty-one labor market areas, remained unchanged in one area, and increased in two labor market areas , in the state during the month of February, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported.

Compared to February 2020, the rates were up in twenty-four labor market areas.

Only one area for which job estimates are published recorded job losses in February.  Four areas recorded no change in jobs, and ten reported increases. The largest percentage increases occurred in Lawrence-Methuen Town-Salem and Leominster-Gardner, with Framingham the only area to record a job loss.

From February 2020 to February 2021, all fifteen areas lost jobs with the largest percentage losses in the Peabody-Salem-Beverly, Springfield, and Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton areas.

In order to compare the statewide rate to local unemployment rates, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the statewide-unadjusted unemployment rate for February was 7.2 percent.

Last week, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported the statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the month of February was 7.1 percent, down 0.7 percentage points from the January rate.

The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed an increase of 14,100 jobs in February, and an over-the-year loss of 325,100 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 March 2021 and revised February 2021 unemployment rates, labor force data and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on Friday, April 16, 2021; local unemployment statistics will be released on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. Detailed labor market information is available at www.mass.gov/lmi . See the 2021 Media Advisory for complete list of release dates.

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