Massachusetts Jobless Rate Well Below National Average

By Steve Gigliotti
Steve Gigliotti
Steve Gigliotti
August 24, 2011 Updated: August 24, 2011

According to a recent release issued by the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, the unemployment rate in Massachusetts is 7.6 percent, well below the national average of 9.1 percent. In the month of July, Massachusetts added 12,700 new jobs.

A majority, 6 of the 10 private sector industries added jobs in July. The largest gains were in education and health services; other services; trade, transportation, and utilities; manufacturing; professional and business services; and financial activities, according to the report.

Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts has been speaking about jobs in the Bay State this month. In response to the recent data he said, “Today’s jobs report once again shows that our economy is not where it needs to be. Too many people across this country are still hurting. Today, I am kicking off my statewide jobs tour and discussing my bill to give tax credits to companies that hire unemployed veterans. We need to put our foot on the gas when it comes to job creation.”

Brown credited the Massachusetts travel industry as one of the reasons that the state has done better than others. This month in a meeting in Pittsfield the senator said, “Our state’s vibrant travel industry is one of the reasons we have fared better than other states during this economic downturn. That is why I am proud to announce that I am joining the Senate Tourism Caucus so that I will be better able to advocate for policies that will help this critical industry.”

The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development data was based on a monthly sample of households and job estimates from a monthly sample of employers.

Steve Gigliotti
Steve Gigliotti