- State added 19,500 jobs last month; the largest monthly gain in 18 years. State posted 1.3% job growth last 12 months, slightly higher than U.S. rate of 1.0%.
- State unemployment rate dropped to 7.8%, the lowest rate since March 2009 and still well below the U.S. rate of 9.0%.
- Six of 12 regions added jobs last month and eight of 12 regions added jobs year-over-year with strongest growth in the Merrimack Valley, Metro South and Cape Cod regions.
- Leisure & Hospitality (+5,600), Retail Trade (+4,200), and Trade, Transportation & Utilities (+4,200) posted largest monthly job gains among industries at the state level.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Highlights from the Chamber's May 2011 Massachusetts Jobs Update include:
Posted by Michelle Frappolli at 4:02 PM