Massachusetts unemployment rate falls as state adds jobs, more seek work

Massachusetts’ total unemployment rate is down one-tenth of a percentage point at 4.9% following a revision to the May unemployment rate of 5%t, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development said Friday.

Massachusetts gained 9,400 jobs in June. This follows last month’s gain of 9,200 jobs. Over the month, the private sector added 5,400 jobs as gains occurred across six sectors, led by leisure and hospitality and education and health services. Since December 2020, Massachusetts has gained 101,200 jobs.

In Friday’s release, state officials said its federal counterparts at the Bureau of Labor Statistics have revised their model to better capture the effect of the pandemic resulting in revisions to additional earlier calculations.

The state said that Massachusetts’ labor force participation rate, the share of the working-age population employed and unemployed, was 65.7 percent. The labor force was up 23,300 from the 3,683,700 June 2020 estimate, as 387,800 more residents were employed and 364,500 fewer residents were unemployed.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics said The largest unemployment rate decrease from June 2020 occurred in Massachusetts down -9.9 percentage points). The next largest over-the-year jobless rate decreases were in Michigan (-9.1 percentage points) and New Jersey (-9.0 points), with another 15 states experiencing declines of 5.0 points or more.

The federal government also said Friday that Connecticut and New Mexico had the highest unemployment rates in June, 7.9% each, closely followed by Nevada, 7.8%.

June jobs numbers for cities and towns won’t be available for another few weeks, but as a region, greater Springfield’s unemployment rate was 6.8% in May and April, down from 14.7% those same months a year ago. In just the city of Springfield, the unemployment rate was 11.6% in May, 10.9% in April and 21% a year ago at the worst of the coronavirus lockdowns.

The national average unemployment rate is 5.9%.

The state’s labor force increased by 4,900 from 3,702,100 in May, the state said Friday. Numbers show 8,000 more residents were employed and 3,000 fewer residents were unemployed over the month.

Jobs numbers are different from unemployment numbers. Jobs numbers come from a survey of employers. Jobless numbers come from a household survey.

  • Job gains and loses by industry:
  • Leisure and Hospitality gained 3,100 (+1.1%) jobs over the month. Over the year, 97,700 (+52.2%) jobs were added.
  • Education and Health Services gained 1,400 (+0.2%) jobs over the month. Over the year, 39,400 (+5.5%) jobs were added.
  • Professional and Business Services gained 900 (+0.1%) jobs over the month. Over the year, 39,300 (+7.0%) jobs were added.
  • Manufacturing gained 800 (+0.3%) jobs over the month. Over the year, 8,500 (+3.8%) jobs were added.
  • Government gained 4,000 (+0.9%) jobs over the month. Over the year, 6,100 (+1.4%) jobs were added.
  • Information gained 500 (+0.6%) jobs over the month. Over the year, 3,400 (+3.9%) jobs were added.
  • Other Services gained 400 (0.4%) jobs over the month. Over the year, 16,400 (+16.8%) jobs were added.
  • Trade, Transportation and Utilities lost 200 (0.0%) jobs over the month. Over the year, 62,300 (+12.6%) jobs were added.
  • Financial Activities lost 700 jobs (-0.3%) over the month. Over the year, 4,800 (+2.3%) jobs were added.
  • Construction lost 800 (-0.5%) jobs over the month. Over the year, 14,900 (+10.2%) jobs were added.

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