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April 24, 2024

Central Mass. unemployment rates drop in March

A large light-colored brick building with two curved staircases leading up to the entrance and a pointed tower coming from the center. PHOTO | Timothy Doyle Worcester City Hall

Central Massachusetts has experienced a decrease in unemployment rates from February to March as the four local metropolitan areas reported on by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development all saw drops. 

Greater Worcester saw the largest decrease in the unemployment rate to 3.6%, from the 3.9% rate in February, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data highlighted in a press release from the EOLWD on Tuesday. The metro area’s unemployment rate was 3.9% in March 2023.

Greater Framingham had the lowest rate of unemployment amongst the four Central Massachusetts metropolitan areas, with a 3.1% rate in March. This is a drop from February's 3.2% rate and the same rate from March 2023.

In the Leominster-Gardner region, March saw a 0.2 percentage point decrease from the month prior to 4.1% rate in March. Both 2024 months had smaller percentages of unemployment compared to March 2023, which had a 4.5% unemployment rate.

The Athol region experienced the largest drop in unemployment rates compared to March 2023. In March 2024, the unemployment rate was 3.9% in March while February showed a 4.0% unemployment rate. Both rates reflected a 0.7 percentage point and 0.6 percentage point decrease respectively compared to March 2023 which had a 4.6% unemployment rate. 

All four areas of Worcester, Framingham, Leominster-Gardner, and Athol reflected higher rates of unemployment when compared to the overall Massachusetts rate of 2.9%, but March’s figures for Worcester and Framingham were still lower than the national rate of 3.8%. 

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