Jobs Decrease by 4,000 in May
Boston – The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported today that the total unemployment rate in May was 7.6 percent, down from 7.8 percent in April. The preliminary May job estimates show 3,224,800 jobs in Massachusetts, a decrease of 4,000 jobs. Government lost 2,600 jobs and the private sector lost 1,400.
Job gains occurred in Professional, Scientific, and Business Services; Construction; Manufacturing; Education and Health Services; Other Services; and Information. Leisure and Hospitality; Government; Trade, Transportation, and Utilities; Financial Activities; and Mining and Logging lost jobs. The May job loss follows a revised 20,300 jobs gain in April, previously reported as a 19,500 job gain.
Over-the-year, jobs are up 27,500 (+0.9 percent) with private sector jobs up 44,800 (+1.6 percent). Year-to-date 31,000 jobs have been added in the Commonwealth with 39,200 in private sector jobs. Continue reading MA unemployment/job stats