BOSTON (WWLP) – The July unemployment rate for New England stayed at a steady 5.8%. The good news is that these six states are doing better than it was one year ago.
The nation’s unemployment rate now sits at 6.2%. A report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows a much higher percentage of New Englanders have jobs compared to the national average.
Maine’s July jobless rate was 5.5%, New Hampshire 4.4% and Vermont had the lowest unemployment rate in the region at 3.7%. Massachusetts’ jobless rate is 5.6%, a slight increase since June.
“Well, I mean there’s always ebbs and flows. Certainly each month, sometimes there’s good news, sometimes there’s bad news… a lot of it is industry specific,” said State Representative Angelo Puppolo of Springfield.
Rhode Island continues to have the highest unemployment rate in New England and the third highest rate in the nation at 7.7%.
But every New England state, even Rhode Island, is doing better than it was one year ago. The Commonwealth’s jobless rate fell nearly 2% since this time last year.
“This is because we have really focused on some key, strategic areas of the economy and have really succeeded at building up those industries,” said Senate Majority Leader Stan Rosenberg.
Massachusetts added 67,300 jobs over the last year.