Unemployment rates dropping as economy improves

Since 2007, job growth for people ages 55-64 was at 9%

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – New state and federal numbers show that the economy is improving. 22News is working for you to see if people agree with the statistics.

Numbers only tell part of the story. There are still many people out of work.

The Franklin/Hampshire Career Center in Northampton told 22News they’ve served about 6,000 customers since April.

State unemployment is down to 5.6%, and nationally, the number of people applying for jobless benefits is at its lowest level in more than six years.

One man told 22News that the many unemployed baby boomers who stopped looking for a job aren’t counted in that percentage.

“I think they are having a harder time finding work. I think the younger generation is more tech savvy. I think that with this generation that I’m from, it might be a tough time in the next 20 years,” said Kirby Detmers of Easthampton.

A recent report by CareerBuilder shows exactly the opposite. Faster job growth for baby boomers.

Since 2007, job growth for people ages 55-64 was at 9%. Growth was only 3% for people ages 22-34.

During the month of May, Massachusetts added 9,100 jobs, with growth in industries like finances, leisure and hospitality and construction.

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