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Boston education jobs climb

Posted on September 10, 2017

New labor statistics demonstrate that Boston education jobs are climbing.

Employment in the Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, Mass.-N.H. Metropolitan New England City and Town Area stood at 2,779,200 in July 2017, up 57,000 from one year ago, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Deborah A. Brown noted that nonfarm employment rose 2.1 percent locally from July a year ago. During the same period, the national job count increased 1.5 percent.

The Boston-Cambridge-Nashua area includes 10 metropolitan divisionsÂľseparately identifiable employment centers within the larger metropolitan area. The Boston-Cambridge-Newton metropolitan division, which made up 68 percent of the workforce, gained 44,400 jobs from July 2016 to July 2017. Eight other divisions for which data are published also added jobs over the year. The Lawrence-Methuen Town-Salem metropolitan division was the only division that lost jobs over the year.

Education and health services, the largest industry in the Boston area, had the largest local employment gain, adding 22,900 jobs from July 2016 to July 2017. The 4.1-percent rate of local job growth in this supersector outpaced the 2.3-percent gain nationwide.

Professional and business services had the next largest annual employment gain in the Boston area from July 2016, adding 10,700 jobs. The 2.2-percent rate of job growth in Boston’s professional and business services supersector lagged the 2.9-percent nationwide gain.

The leisure and hospitality and financial activities supersectors added 7,400 and 4,800 jobs respectively. The rates of local job growth in both supersectors outpaced their respective national rates of job gains.