- Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development
Media Contact for Massachusetts Unemployment and Job Estimates for April, 2019
Charles Pearce, Director of Communications - Exec. Office of Labor and Workforce Development
Boston — The state’s April total unemployment rate is down one-tenth of a percentage point at 2.9 percent, The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development announced Friday.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ preliminary job estimates indicate Massachusetts added 4,100 jobs in April. Over the month, the private sector added 4,000 jobs as gains occurred in Construction; Professional, Scientific, and Business Services; Education and Health Services; Financial Activities; Information; and Other Services. Trade, Transportation, and Utilities; Manufacturing; and Leisure and Hospitality lost jobs over the month.
From April 2018 to April 2019, BLS estimates Massachusetts added 37,100 jobs.
The April unemployment rate was seven-tenths of a percentage point lower than the national rate of 3.6 percent reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“Preliminary estimates indicate that in April the Massachusetts unemployment rate fell below 3 percent for the first time since December of 2000. Year to date the Commonwealth’s economy has added 25,400 jobs showing that even with a low 2.9 percent unemployment rate, Massachusetts employers continue to add jobs to help fuel their growth needs,” Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rosalin Acosta said.
The labor force decreased by 3,200 from 3,843,500 in March, as 1,600 fewer residents were employed and 1,600 fewer residents were unemployed over the month.
Over the year, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped six-tenths of a percentage point.
The state’s labor force participation rate – the total number of residents 16 or older who worked or were unemployed and actively sought work in the last four weeks – decreased one-tenth of a percentage point to 67.8 percent. Compared to April 2018, the labor force participation rate is up 0.4 percentage point.
The largest private sector percentage job gains over the year were in Professional, Scientific, and Business Services; Information; Construction; and Education and Health Services.
April 2019 Employment Overview
Construction added 2,400 (+1.5%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Construction has gained 2,700 (+1.7%) jobs.
Professional, Scientific, and Business Services added 2,300 (+0.4%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Professional, Scientific, and Business Services gained 11,100 (+1.9%) jobs.
Education and Health Services added 1,600 (+0.2%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Education and Health Services gained 12,900 (+1.6%) jobs.
Financial Activities added 400 (+0.2%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Financial Activities gained 200 (+0.1%) jobs.
Information added 300 (+0.3%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Information gained 1,700 (+1.9%) jobs.
Other Services gained 200 (+0.1%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Other Services are up 2,000 (+1.4%) jobs.
Leisure and Hospitality lost 300 (-0.1%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Leisure and Hospitality added 600 (+0.2%) jobs.
Manufacturing lost 500 (-0.2%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Manufacturing lost 1,200 (-0.5%) jobs.
Trade, Transportation, and Utilities lost 2,500 (-0.4%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Trade, Transportation, and Utilities added 2,200 (+0.4%) jobs.
Government added 100 (0.0%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Government gained 4,900 (+1.1%) jobs.
Labor Force Overview
The April estimates show 3,728,100 Massachusetts residents were employed and 112,200 were unemployed, for a total labor force of 3,840,300. The unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage point to 2.9 percent. The April labor force decreased by 3,200 as 1,600 fewer residents were employed and 1,600 fewer residents were unemployed over the month. The labor force participation rate, the share of working age population employed and unemployed, is down one-tenth of a percentage point at 67.8 percent. The labor force was up 52,300 from the 3,788,000 April 2018 estimate, with 73,200 more residents employed and 20,800 fewer residents unemployed.
The unemployment rate is based on a monthly sample of households. The job estimates are derived from a monthly sample survey of employers. As a result, the two statistics may exhibit different monthly trends.
The labor force is the sum of the numbers of employed residents and those unemployed, that is residents not working but actively seeking work in the last four weeks. Estimates may not add up to the total labor force due to rounding.
Local area unemployment statistics for April 2019 will be released on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. The preliminary May 2019 and revised April 2019 unemployment rate, labor force and job estimates for Massachusetts will be released on Friday, June 21, 2019. See the 2019 Media Advisory annual schedule for a complete list of release dates.
Detailed labor market information is available at www.mass.gov/lmi.