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Latest job and unemployment estimates for MA

BOSTON — The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported that the January seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates were up in all twenty-two labor market areas reflecting seasonal trends. Statewide, the January seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate was 9.0 percent, an increase of 1.0 percentage point from the revised December rate of 8.0 percent.

Over-the-year, unemployment rates were lower in twenty of the twenty two areas. The Amherst and Tisbury rates were up. Over-the-year, the state unadjusted unemployment rate was down 0.6 of a percentage point from the 9.6 percent rate in January 2010.

In January seasonal influences resulted in over-the-month jobs losses in all twelve areas for which job estimates are published. However, over-the-year job gains were realized in nine of the areas while three had a loss. Job gains occurred in the New Bedford, Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Worcester; Barnstable, Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, Haverhill-North-Andover-Amesbury, Pittsfield, Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner and Springfield areas. The Peabody, Framingham, and Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford areas lost jobs.

The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate released on March 3rd showed a 5,600 job gain. The Commonwealth has added 33,800 jobs since December 2009. The seasonally adjusted statewide January unemployment rate of 8.3 percent was unchanged over-the-month and down 0.5 of a percentage point from the 8.8 percent rate in January 2010. The Massachusetts statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remains well below the national rate of 9.0 percent.

The unadjusted unemployment rates and job estimates for the labor market areas reflect seasonal fluctuations and therefore may show different levels and trends than the statewide seasonally adjusted estimates.

NOTES: The local area unemployment rates and labor force data have been revised for 2010; the revised estimates for 2006 through 2009 will be published on March 29, 2011. The labor area jobs data have been revised for 2009 and 2010.

The February 2011 unemployment rate, labor force data and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on March 17, 2011; local unemployment statistics will be released on March 29, 2011.

Latest job and unemployment estimates

BOSTON — The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported that the December seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates were up in eleven of the twenty-two labor market areas, down in seven and unchanged in four. Statewide, the December seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate fell from 8.1 percent in November to 8.0 percent in December.

Over-the-year, unemployment rates were lower in all areas but one, Tisbury, where there was no change in the rate. The Commonwealth’s December 2010 unadjusted unemployment rate was down 1.1 percentage points from the 9.1 percent rate in December 2009.

The New Bedford and Worcester areas added jobs over-the-month while jobs were unchanged in the Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury area. The remaining nine areas posted job losses. The New Bedford area recorded a job gain both over-the-month and over-the-year. Over-the-year gains were realized in seven of the areas while one remained unchanged. The Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner area had the largest rate of growth over the year. Losses occurred in the Springfield; Worcester; Peabody; and Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford areas.

The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate released on January 20 showed a 2,100 job loss. Over-the-year, the Commonwealth has added 45,600 jobs since December 2009. The seasonally adjusted statewide December 2010 unemployment rate of 8.2 percent was unchanged from November. Massachusetts’ statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points below the 9.3 percent rate in December 2009.

The unadjusted unemployment rates and job estimates for the labor market areas reflect seasonal fluctuations and therefore may show different levels and trends than the statewide seasonally adjusted estimates.

Lift off for the Jill Stein campaign!‏

editor’s note: a message from Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for governor of Massachusetts:

Dear friends,

Welcome to our campaign’s weekly e-mail update. We’re off to a fantastic start, and I wanted to welcome new supporters and old friends with a quick message about the incredible opportunity that we face, even in the midst of great crises.

On Capitol Hill and Beacon Hill the sellouts continue apace – to health insurance giants, Wall Street banksters, war hawks and climate spoilers. Business as usual is still taking a heavy toll on our jobs, health, communities and environment, pushing us towards the brink. More than ever, there is cause to rise up for justice, survival and the future we deserve. We have an unprecedented opportunity to tip the balance in 2010 towards a healthy, just, sustainable future –in Massachusetts and beyond.

This campaign will be a vehicle for our shared vision that grows more essential with every passing year: vibrant, secure local economies, community-based green jobs, alternative clean energy and local agriculture (two of the fastest growing sectors around), an end to needless, cruel home foreclosures, and Medicare for all. Continue reading Lift off for the Jill Stein campaign!‏

Casino gambling numbers don’t add up

New report cites harm to local aid and tax base as reasons against casinos

A new report says predatory gambling proposals in Massachusetts will hurt local aid to towns and cities and divert millions in discretionary income from the state and its taxpayers.

The report also says that predatory casinos and slot machines will push more people deeper into personal debt, burdening social service networks and taxpayers. Continue reading Casino gambling numbers don’t add up

I love candidate Grace Ross, but …

By Rosalie Tirella

… she shouldn’t run for governor of Massachusetts.

I have known and worked with Grace Ross for a while now. InCity Times endorsed her for governor last time around (I put her on our cover and ran a huge story, too!). I also endorsed her for Worcester City Council three years ago, when she ran for an at-large seat. She would have made a great at large city councilor. I mean, look who we ended up with instead: a totally incompetent nabob – Mike Germain.

I remember going to her “support Grace meetings” when she ran for that at large seat council seat – when she really had a chance of winning (until Mayor Joe O’Brien’s wife, Lisa Weinberg, began her smear campaign against Grace, calling her anti-semetic – the last thing Grace would ever be). Grace had so many great folks backing her then – all the city’s neighborhood activists, it seemed! She was so inspirational when she spoke! You just wanted to get up and clap after one of Grace’s beautifully worded speeches. Continue reading I love candidate Grace Ross, but …

Scott Brown – no “Mr. Smith” Goes to Washington! More like: American Idol comes to Massachusetts

By Rosalie Tirella

Scott Brown, our new US senator, is being touted by some as a Capra-esque figure. That he, like Jimmy Stewart, in Frank Capra’s classic movie “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” is some naive, small-town bumpkin with sky-high ideals and an undying love for the little guy/gal. Someone who, like Jimmy Stewart, will go down fighting for the common man.

Bull shit.

I’ve listened to and watched Scott Brown. He is no innocent idealist – he is a wily politician who has played this great state for a sucker. He has turned my beloved state into a stage for him to play out his twisted political version of “American Idol” – starring Mass politicians. Starring Scott Brown! After all, only one contestant – I mean politician – can win! Only (Brown) can pull at the voters’ heart strings! Only one can just pour his soul out to the voters – who love him, love him, love him! Only Scott Brown can sing voters a loud, sappy version of “This Land is Your Land.”

But Woody Gutherie, upon hearing Brown desecrate his holy lyrics, would have driven a pitch fork through his phony heart Continue reading Scott Brown – no “Mr. Smith” Goes to Washington! More like: American Idol comes to Massachusetts

Why I’m running for US Senate

By William S. Coleman III, Independent Candidate

I am a candidate for the United States Senate. I truly believe the United States of America is the greatest country in the world. Opportunity for any persons dream is only limited to the self imposed borders of ones own imagination. This is what is great about America and what separates us from other countries.

But the America we live in is not and was not made to be perfect. The founding Mothers and Fathers of our country instilled in us an American work ethic that encourages us to make America better and stronger. Continue reading Why I’m running for US Senate

A change of heart

By State Senator Robert L. Hedlund, minority whip

I didn’t consider myself an “animal protection” person. I wear a leather motorcycle jacket. I sometimes eat meat. And I oppose forming a union for pigeons that “act” in movies, as one of my colleagues is pushing for.

Yet, I am now and have been for several years, one of the Legislature’s leading advocates against cruelty to elephants, and other animal protection issues.

I owe it all to members of the South Shore Humane Society, who brought to my attention one day the physical and mental abuse leveled against non-domestic animals that are forced to perform as part as circuses or traveling exhibits. Continue reading A change of heart

Our Teddy Kennedy

By Rosalie Tirella

I was glued to the TV this past weekend, watching history unfold before my eyes: the wake of the late, great US Senator Edward Moore Kennedy, the funeral mass of Ted Kennedy, the goodbyes to Ted Kennedy. From folks in Boston, Massachusetts, from his colleagues/staff in Washington DC., from people all over the country. The entire American pageant.

I only cried at the end, when I had wisely switched to CSPAN for the gravesite ceremony. Thanks to CSPAN, there was almost complete silence as Kennedy was carried to his grave in Arlington Cemetery. No commentators bloviating, no melodramatic music piped in by the news channels to seduce you into a mood. You simply saw the silent end – heart-rending. To be put into the ground. To be covered with dirt. To be locked in the earth, darkness, forever. Even with the flag draped over Kennedy’s coffin, all the flowers at the cemetery, the “eternal flame” at the grave site, and brothers Jack and Bobby waiting silently in the earth nearby, you felt: Teddy will never see a tree again – or the sky. Oh, the exquisite pain! Continue reading Our Teddy Kennedy