- Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development
Media Contact for Massachusetts Unemployment and Job Estimates for June
Charles Pearce, Director of Communications - Exec. Office of Labor and Workforce Development
Boston, MA — The state’s total unemployment rate remained at 3.5 percent in June, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development announced Friday.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ preliminary job estimates indicate Massachusetts added 21,400 jobs in June. Over the month, the private sector added 18,200 jobs as gains occurred in Leisure and Hospitality; Professional, Scientific, and Business Services; Other Services; Construction; Manufacturing; and Education and Health Services.
From June 2017 to June 2018, BLS estimates Massachusetts has added 63,200 jobs.
The June unemployment rate was five-tenths of a percentage point lower than the national rate of 4.0 percent reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“Over the last year, over 100,000 more Massachusetts residents have become employed in the Commonwealth, helping to push our labor force participation rate to its highest level in 10 years - a full four percentage points higher than the national average. These labor force gains, alongside our consistently low unemployment rate and job growth in key economic sectors of the economy, all point to the continued dynamism of the Massachusetts labor market.” Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rosalin Acosta said.
The labor force increased by 26,800 from 3,732,200 in May, as 24,400 more residents were employed and 2,400 more residents were unemployed over the month.
Over the year, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased three-tenths of a percentage point from 3.8 percent in June 2017.
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 – is up over the month five-tenths of a percentage point at 66.9 percent. Compared to June 2017, the labor force participation rate is up 1.3 percentage points.
The largest private sector percentage job gains over the year were in Construction; Professional, Scientific, and Business Services; Other Services; and Leisure and Hospitality.
June 2018 Employment Overview
Leisure and Hospitality added 6,600 (+1.8%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Leisure and Hospitality added 11,800 (+3.2%) jobs.
Professional, Scientific, and Business Services added 4,700 (+0.8%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Professional, Scientific, and Business Services added 26,700 (+4.7%) jobs.
Other Services gained 2,500 (+1.8%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Other Services are up 4,600 (+3.4%) jobs.
Construction added 2,300 (+1.4%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Construction has gained 11,000 (+7.3%) jobs.
Manufacturing added 1,700 (+0.7%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Manufacturing gained 4,700 (+1.9%) jobs.
Education and Health Services gained 1,100 (+0.1%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Education and Health Services gained 4,300 (+0.5%) jobs.
Trade, Transportation and Utilities jobs level remained unchanged (0.0%) over the month. Over the year, Trade, Transportation and Utilities gained 400 (+0.1%) jobs.
Information lost 300 (-0.3%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Information lost 1,100 jobs (-1.2%).
Financial Activities lost 400 (-0.2%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Financial Activities added 800 (+0.4%) jobs.
Government added 3,200 (+0.7%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Government jobs level remained unchanged (0.0%).
Labor Force Overview
The June estimates show 3,625,500 Massachusetts residents were employed and 133,400 were unemployed, for a total labor force of 3,759,000. The unemployment rate remained at 3.5 percent for the ninth consecutive month. The June labor force increased by 26,800 from 3,732,200 in May, as 24,400 more residents were employed and 2,400 more residents were unemployed over the month. The labor force participation rate, the share of working age population employed and unemployed, increased five-tenths of a percentage point to 66.9 percent. The labor force was up 97,700 from the 3,661,300 June 2017 estimate, with 102,800 more residents employed and 5,200 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 June 2018 will be released on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. The preliminary July 2018 and revised June 2018 unemployment rate, labor force and job estimates for Massachusetts will be released on Friday, August 17, 2018. See the 2018 Revised Media Advisory annual schedule for a complete list of release dates.
Detailed labor market information is available at www.mass.gov/lmi.