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Information jobs in Boston climb

Posted on July 1, 2017

New labor info posit that information jobs in Boston have burgeoned.

The state’s total unemployment rate increased to 4.2 percent in May from the April rate of 3.9 percent.

Over the month job gains occurred in Education and Health Services; Leisure and Hospitality; Professional, Scientific, and Business Services; Information; and Construction. The April estimate was revised to a loss of 800 jobs.

From May 2016 to May 2017, BLS estimates Massachusetts has added 58,300 jobs.

The May state unemployment rate remains lower than the national rate of 4.3 percent reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“During 2017 Massachusetts continues to experience large increases in the labor force. May’s labor force participation rate of 66.7%, the highest rate since October 2008, allows for ongoing economic growth. As the pool of people actively searching for work increases, our workforce development agencies remain focused on ensuring that the next generation of job seekers have access to next generation job training,” Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Ronald L. Walker, II said.

The labor force increased by 17,100 from 3,694,200 in April, as 4,900 more residents were employed and 12,200 more residents were unemployed over the month.

Leisure and Hospitality gained 1,300 jobs (+0.4%) over the month. Over the year, Leisure and Hospitality lost 200 (-0.1%) jobs.

Professional, Scientific and Business Services added 500 (+0.1%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Professional, Scientific and Business Services added 16,700 (+3.1%) jobs.

Information added 500 (+0.6%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Information gained 4,300 (+5.0%) jobs.