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May 23, 2023

Unemployment rates across Central Mass. drop full percentage point in April

Photo | Timothy Doyle The Leominster-Gardner area added 700 jobs in April.

Metro regions across Central Massachusetts experienced lower unemployment again in April after a drop in March.

The Greater Worcester metro area, which includes a portion of Northern Connecticut, saw a drop in unemployment from 4.1% in March to 2.7% in April, according to data released Tuesday by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

“Feedback from our members continues to reinforce that employees are in need of workers. There are jobs that need to be filled and as that continues to happen we’ll continue to see the unemployment numbers dropping,” Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Timothy Murray said in an emailed statement on Tuesday.

The Leominster-Gardner region saw its unemployment rate drop from 4.7% to 3.1% and had the greatest percentage of job growth in Central Massachusetts at 1.3% in April. Statewide, Leominster-Gardner was only behind Barnstable on Cape Cod, which is gearing up for its tourist season, and Pittsfield.

The Framingham metro area saw unemployment drop from 3.3% in March to 2.2% in April. The Athol micropolitan area saw unemployment drop almost a full percentage point to 4%.

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