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May 25, 2016

Worcester unemployment falls to 4.2%

Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development These figures reflect seasonally adjusted numbers.

Unemployment in the Worcester metropolitan area dipped by nearly an entire percentage point in April, bringing it to 4.2 percent and representing one of the largest gains in employment in the state, according to data from the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

Although all areas of the state saw a decline in unemployment, down to 3.9 percent for April, the largest gains for the state were in the Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Springfield, Barnstable, Worcester and Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford areas. Worcester's unemployment dropped by nearly a percentage point year-over-year from 5.1 percent last April.

Other areas of Central Massachusetts have a higher unemployment rate, with the Leominster and Gardner area sitting at 4.7 percent, down from 5.8 percent last April. However, the Framingham area was found to have a 3.1 percent unemployment rate, down from 3.8 percent last April.

The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed a 13,900 job gain in April and an over-the-year gain of 73,500 jobs.

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