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April 19, 2022

Greater Worcester unemployment dropped to 3.9% in March, with 3,000 more employed

Photo | Grant Welker Customers and workers inside B.T.'s Fried Chicken and BBQ in Worcester.

The labor force in the Greater Worcester metropolitan area continued to grow in March, with the unemployment rate in the region dropping to 3.9%.

Greater Worcester’s unemployment rate fell 0.5 percentage points over the course of the month, down from 4.4% in February and 6.7% in March of 2021, according to a Tuesday report from the Massachusetts Executive Office of labor and Workforce Development.

There were almost 3,000 more people employed in March than in February, with a total of 344,999 last month. This is up from 330,873 in March of last year.

The labor force grew, as well, by about 1,000 people in March and 4,200 over the course of the year.

Greater Worcester, which includes Worcester County and Windham County, Conn., still has a higher unemployment rate than the state as a whole, but only by a very slim margin. In both February and March, Greater Worcester was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Massachusetts average rate. 

The Leominster-Gardner metropolitan area is even higher than the state and Worcester rates, with a 4.6% unemployment rate in March, down from 5.2% in February. The region’s labor force grew by just over 300 people from February to March, and its employment base grew by about 800.

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