Thursday, March 31, 2011

Massachusetts Jobs Update -- February 2011

Highlights from the Chamber's Massachusetts Jobs & Policy Update:
  • State added 15,400 jobs last month. State posted 1.1% job growth last 12 months under revised benchmarks, slightly higher than U.S. rate of 1.0%.
  • State unemployment rate dipped slightly to 8.2%, the lowest rate since May 2009 and still well below the U.S. rate of 8.9%.
  • Six of 12 regions added jobs last month and 10 of 12 regions added jobs year-over-year with strongest growth in the South Coast and Northern Central regions.
  • Education & Health Services (+6,500), Leisure & Hospitality (+4,300), and Professional & Business Services (+2,800) posted largest monthly job gains among industries at the state level.

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