Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Massachusetts Jobs Update

Highlights from the Chamber's August 2011 Massachusetts Jobs Update include:
  • State added 12,700 jobs last month bringing the year-to-date job growth total to 53,000. State posted 1.8% job growth last 12 months, well above the U.S. rate of 1.0%.
  • State unemployment rate held steady at 7.6% for 3rd consecutive month. State rate remains at its lowest since February 2009 and is well below the U.S. rate of 9.1%.
  • 10 of 12 regions added jobs last month, and 11 of 12 regions added jobs year-over-year with strongest growth in the Greater Pittsfield, Worcester, and Merrimack Valley regions.
  • Other Services (+3,800), Education & Health Services (+3,000), and Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (+2,900) posted largest monthly job gains among industries at the state level.

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