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March 13, 2024

Central Mass. local unemployment rates climb slightly to start 2024

Photo | Edd Cote Downtown Worcester

Local unemployment rates throughout Central Massachusetts climbed to begin 2024, although the January figures are still lower than the rate seen at that time last year. 

The unemployment rate for the Greater Worcester area was 3.7% in January, higher than the 3.4% rate seen in December but lower than the 4.2% rate seen in January 2023, according to the data released Tuesday by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development’s Department of Economic Research. 

Other areas in Central Massachusetts saw increases in unemployment or they remained flat. The Athol area saw a rate of 3.8%, the same rate seen in December, while Framingham saw a rate of 3% and Leominster saw a rate of 4%, increases from these areas' December rates of 2.8% and 3.7%, respectively.

All 15 areas of the state monitored by the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development saw job losses during January. The number of unemployed members of the labor force in the Greater Worcester area rose from 11,949 in December to 13,250 in January. 

The Massachusetts unemployment rate fell slightly in January, to 3.0% from 3.2% in December.

The national unadjusted employment rate for January was 4.1%, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics’ estimates.

Unemployment numbers are not adjusted for seasonal fluctuations in job levels and may show different levels and trends than the statewide seasonally adjusted estimates, according to the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. 

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