GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – According to the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, the Massachusetts unemployment rate remained at 4.7% in August, but the state also gained about 7,200 jobs.
Massachusetts unemployment rate is about a half percent lower than the national rate of 5.1%. Nick Paar of Deerfield said, “I definitely feel optimistic. Those numbers are definitely better than other places around the country.”
“We have really healthy small business development here in Franklin County and, so, when things are better in other parts, they also benefit our small business owners,” said Eve Brown-Waite of Deerfield.
2,600 manufacturing jobs were lost in August. 22News spoke with people who believe we still have a long way to go to ensure that everyone who wants to work is employed.
It’s estimated that there are about 3.4 million people employed in Massachusetts, however, there are more than 160,000 people looking for jobs. State labor leaders said they’re working on ways to help the unemployed find work. “It’s really tough, but it’s getting better,” said Richard Hague of Greenfield.
The largest private sector job gains last month came in the areas of leisure and hospitality, education and health services. In the past year, Massachusetts has added about 57,000 jobs.