posted Oct 20, 2011, 11:40 AM by Elysse Magnotto-Cleary   [ updated Oct 20, 2011, 11:43 AM ]

Jobs Decrease by 2,300


 Boston, MA – October 20, 2011 –The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported today that the September total unemployment rate decreased from 7.4 percent in August to 7.3 percent,  remaining  well below the national rate of 9.1 percent, and the state’s lowest monthly rate since January of 2009.  Preliminary September job estimates show a decrease of 2,300 jobs for a total of 3,231,700 jobs in Massachusetts.

 In September, Information; Professional, Scientific, and Business Services; Education and Health Services; and Manufacturing posted over-the-month job gains. The September job loss follows a revised 10,500 job loss in August, previously reported as a loss of 8,900 jobs.

 Year-to-date (December 2010 to September 2011), 37,900 jobs have been added in the Bay State with 43,800 private sector jobs added.  Over-the-year (September 2010 to September 2011), jobs are up 48,700, for a growth rate of 1.5 percent.  Private sector jobs are up 53,800, for a growth rate of 2.0 percent with gains in nine of the ten sectors.  Over-the-year, the national rate of job growth is 1.1 percent with private sector job growth up 1.7 percent. 

 Employment Overview

 Information gained 5,200 (+6.2%) jobs over-the-month as the prior month’s strike ended.  Over-the-year, Information has added 4,600 (+5.5%) jobs.

 Professional, Scientific and Business Services gained 1,500 (+0.3%) jobs over-the-month, the sector’s tenth consecutive monthly gain.  Within the sector, Management of Companies and Enterprises gained 1,700 (+3.0%) jobs and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services gained 1,200 (+0.5%) jobs while Administrative and Waste Services lost 1,400 (-0.9%) jobs.  Over-the-year, the sector has added 15,900 (+3.4%) jobs.

 Education and Health Services gained 500 (+0.1%) jobs over-the-month as the gain in Educational Services of 3,500 (+2.2%) jobs offset the 3,000 (-0.6%) job loss in Health Care and Social Assistance. Over-the-year this sector has added 13,200 (+2.0%) jobs.

 Manufacturing gained 200 (+0.1%) jobs due to gains in Durable Goods offsetting losses in Non-Durable Goods. From September 2010 to September 2011, Manufacturing jobs are up 5,400 (+2.1%) with most of the gains in Durable Goods. 

 Trade, Transportation, and Utilities lost 3,500 (-0.6%) jobs over-the-month with losses in all three component industries.  Over-the-year, jobs in Trade, Transportation and Utilities are up 6,000 (+1.1%) with Retail Trade adding 2,900 (+0.9%) jobs and Wholesale Trade gaining 1,900 (+1.5%) jobs.

 Leisure and Hospitality lost 2,300 (-0.7%) jobs over-the-month due to losses in Accommodation and Food Services.   Over-the-year, the sector has added 4,000 (+1.3%) jobs as the Accommodation and Food Services component added 6,300 (+2.4%) jobs.  

 Other Services lost 2,000 (-1.6%) jobs over-the-month. Over-the-year, jobs are up 2,000 (+1.7%).

 Construction lost 1,700 (-1.6%) jobs following a small loss in August.  Over-the-year, this sector has added 700 (+0.7%) jobs with gains in Construction of Buildings and Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction.

 Financial Activities jobs were down 800 (-0.4%) over-the-month with losses in both components.  Over-the-year, jobs are up 2,100 (+1.0%) with a 1,200 (+0.7%) job gain in Finance and Insurance and a 900 (+2.3%) job gain in Real Estate, Rental and Leasing.

 Mining and Logging lost 100 jobs (-9.1%) both over-the-month and over-the-year.

 Government added 700 (+0.2%) jobs. State Government gained 1,300 jobs (+1.1%) due to seasonal job increases in Educational Services. Federal Government added 100 (+0.2%) jobs while Local Government lost 700 (-0.3%). Over-the-year, Government jobs were down 5,100 (1.2%) jobs with losses in all three components

 Labor Force Overview

 The September estimates show 3,224,100 Massachusetts residents were employed and 255,100 were unemployed, for a total labor force of 3,479,200. The labor force increased by 9,300 from 3,469,900 in August, as 12,100 more residents were employed and 2,800 fewer residents were unemployed over-the-month. Since October 2009, there are 55,700 more residents employed and 49,300 fewer residents unemployed as the labor force increased by 6,400. Totals for September may not add exactly due to rounding.

 The unemployment rate is based on a monthly sample of households, while the job estimates are derived from a monthly sample survey of employers.  As a result, the two statistics for September exhibit different trends.


Beginning with the March 2011 estimates, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has assumed responsibility for the production of the CES State and sub-state jobs estimates.  BLS has also implemented methodological changes which may increase the month to month variability of the estimates. (See Procedures Changes for producing (CES) estimates.)

 Local area unemployment statistics for September 2011 will be released on Tuesday, October 25, 2011. The October 2011 unemployment rate and labor force data for Massachusetts will be released on Thursday, November 17, 2011. (See the Revised Media Advisory annual schedule for complete listing of release dates.)

 Detailed labor market information is available at