NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – A report released on Tuesday shows unemployment rates for August 2014 were down in 13 areas in Massachusetts.
A report from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistic counts unadjusted unemployment rates. The report excludes those who don’t work certain seasons, such as construction workers during the winter or teachers during the summer. The study accounts for those who are not employed.
9 out of 12 areas in the state added jobs this August. Springfield had the largest percentage of job growth last August compared to August 2013.
Richard Brunswick of Northampton told 22News that even though the report shows improvement, there still needs to be more. “We still are a far distance from full employment economy, and so there’s a lot more to do,” says Brunswick. “This is just the beginning of good news.”
Statewide, the rate of adjusted unemployment was 6% this past August, 1% down compared to August 2013.