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November 21, 2023

Worcester unemployment rates ticks up, yet remains low

A picture of Worcester's skyline on a sunny day, with some clouds in the sky. Photo | TMS Aerial Solutions Unemployment numbers in Worcester increased slightly in October.

The unemployment rate in Worcester County moved slightly upwards in October, mirroring statewide numbers.

The unemployment rate in the county was 2.7%, a 0.1% increase from September, according to data released by the Massachusetts Department of Economic Research on Tuesday. Despite the increase, unemployment rates remain lower than last October’s rate of 3.5%.

The city of Worcester saw a slight increase in unemployment. The unemployment rate in Worcester was 3% in October, a 0.1 percentage point increase from September. This number is still lower than area unemployment numbers at this time last year, when the rate was 4%.

Other regional cities saw unemployment rates either stay the same or increase slightly; Fitchburg’s rate remained at 3.4%, while Leominster’s rate increased from 2.7% in September to 2.9% in October.

The overall state unemployment rate was 2.6% in October, according to MDER. 

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