Thursday, October 27, 2011

Massachusetts Jobs Update -- September 2011

Below are highlights from our September 2011 jobs update:
  • State shed 2,300 jobs last month, bringing year-to-date job growth total to 37,900. State posted 1.5% job growth in the last 12 months, outpacing the U.S. rate of 1.1%.
  • State unemployment rate fell one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.3%, posting its lowest rate since January 2009 and remaining well below the U.S. rate of 9.1%.
  • Four of 12 regions added jobs last month, led by the addition of 10,700 jobs in Greater Boston. Nine of 12 regions added jobs year-over-year with strongest growth in the Greater Pittsfield and Worcester regions.
  • Information (+5,200) posted largest monthly private sector job gain at the state level, followed by Profession & Business Services (+1,500), and Education & Health Services (+500).

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