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September 20, 2023

Low unemployment rates hold steady in Central Mass.

Photo/Edd Cote Cafe Reyes in Worcester was set up with the Hector Reyes House to provide employment for Latino men in recovery.

Unemployment rates across Central Massachusetts remained virtually unchanged from July to August, continuing the summer’s trend of low unemployment across the region, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released on Tuesday by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

The Worcester metropolitan area decreased by one-tenth of a percentage point to 3.0%, down a full point from 4.0% in August 2022. 

The Leominster-Gardner area held steady at 3.2% compared to the previous month. In August 2022, it was at 4.5%.

In the Framingham area fell one-tenth of a percentage point to 2.5%, after a one-tenth increase in July. August’s rate is lower than last year, when in August 2022 it clocked in at 3.2%.

Unemployment in the Athol micropolitan area fell by one-tenth of a percentage point month-over-month, settling for August at 3.5%. For the same month the previous year, it was 4.8%.

The steady hold in Central Massachusetts imitated state figures at large, which did not change from the 2.9% overall unemployment rate in July. That figure is down a full percentage point from 3.9% in August 2022.

Framingham tied with the Greenfield micropolitan area for the lowest unemployment rate in the state in August. The Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, New Hampshire area and the New Bedford metropolitan area had the highest unemployment rates, both at 3.8%.

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