Boston healthcare jobs tick up
Posted on August 6, 2017
The latest labor statistics demonstrate that Boston healthcare jobs are growing.
The state’s total unemployment rate increased to 4.3 percent in Junefrom the May rate of 4.2 percent, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development announced.
|BOSTON, MA — JULY 20, 2017 — The state’s total unemployment rate increased to 4.3 percent in Junefrom the May rate of 4.2 percent, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development announced Thursday.
The preliminary job estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate Massachusetts added 10,000 jobs in June. Over the month job gains occurred in Education and Health Services; Trade, Transportation, and Utilities; Leisure and Hospitality; Other Services; Manufacturing; Information; and Financial Activities. The May estimate was revised to a gain of 2,000 jobs.
From June 2016 to June 2017, BLS estimates Massachusetts has added 65,900 jobs.
The June state unemployment rate remains lower than the national rate of 4.4 percent reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“During the first six months of 2017, Massachusetts has experienced the largest increase in the labor force on record, and the 66.7 labor force participation rate is now 3.9 points higher than the U.S. rate. These marked labor force gains should help ease labor market pressures and are signs of a growing economy in the Commonwealth,” Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rosalin Acosta said.
The labor force decreased by 2,600 from 3,711,100 in May, as 7,600 fewer residents were employed and 5,100 more residents were unemployed over the month.
Over the year, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased six-tenths of a percentage point from 3.7 percent in June 2016. There were 27,400 more unemployed persons over the year compared to June 2016.