For Immediate Release:
July 21, 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 July 21, 2020 --- Local unemployment rates increased in seventeen labor market areas and decreased in seven areas in the state during the month of June, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported.

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

All fifteen areas for which job estimates are published recorded job gains in June.  The largest gains occurred in the Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Worcester, Barnstable, Framingham, Springfield, Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, and Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton areas.

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

In order to compare the statewide rate to local unemployment rates, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the statewide-unadjusted unemployment rate for June was 17.5 percent.

Last week, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported the statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the month of June was 17.4 percent, eight-tenths of a percentage point above the revised May rate of 16.6 percent.

The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed an 83,700 job gain in June, and an over-the-year loss of 529,800 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 July 2020 and the revised June 2020 unemployment rates, labor force data and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on Friday, August 21, 2020; local unemployment statistics will be released on Tuesday, August 25, 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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