Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Rate falls in Wrentham in April
The unemployment rate in the town of Wrentham fell for the second straight month in April, according to numbers released by the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development Tuesday. The town saw its rate fall from 5.8 percent in March to 5.3 percent in April, a drop of half of a percentage point. This follows a decline from 7.1 percent to 5.8 percent from February to March. Last April's unemployment rate was 7 percent. In Massachusetts, the rate fell from 6.5 percent in March to 6.3 percent last month. The unemployment rates for area towns follow:
Thursday, May 17, 2012
State unemployment down for the month.
The Massachusetts unemployment rate dropped by .2 percentage points during the month of April, according to data released today by the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. The rate fell from 6.5 percent in March to 6.3 percent last month. According to the office, the private sector added 3,400 jobs in the month and the state saw 2,500 in total jobs added. The office said the state has added 31,100 jobs for the year to date. Local unemployment figures will be released on Tuesday, May 22.
Friday, March 23, 2012
The state unemployment rate remained unchanged in February.
The February unemployment rate was unchanged in Massachusetts, marking the third straight month at this level, the state announced Thursday. The state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development announced that its February unemployment rate estimate was 6.9 percent, well below the national 8.3 percent rate. According to the department, the private sector added 9,000 jobs, and seven of the 10 private sectors had job gains. The department said 23,000 jobs have been added in the year to date, with the private sector adding 24,200 jobs. The unemployment statistics for the local towns will be released on Tuesday, March 27.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Looking back at the week of Jan. 16 - Jan. 21.
1. The Wrentham Board of Selectmen met on Tuesday night, and decided to renew the contract of Town Administrator William Ketcham for two more years. The renewal was based on the selectmen rating his performance as "exceeds expectations." 2. The selectmen also heard a presentation on options for the town website, which has been encountering problems lately. Town Clerk Carol Mollica told the board that the town needs a way to post meeting notices where they can be read 24 hours a day. 3. The town is also looking at establishing a charter, which would give it greater flexibility in local governance. Ketcham said there were two ways to do so: creating a charter commission or petitioning the state legislature. 4. The state of Massachusetts saw …
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Unemployment rate falls yet again in the state.
The Massachusetts unemployment rate dropped again in December 2011, according to numbers released today by the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. According to the department, the rate fell from 7 percent in November to 6.8 percent last month. The national rate is 8.5 percent. The department said the 6.8 rate is the lowest since December 2008. A decrease of 6,200 jobs was also reported, though four of the state's 10 private sectors added jobs. The department claims 40,700 jobs were added in the state year over year (from December 2010 to December 2011). Local unemployment statistics will be released on Tuesday, Jan. 24. For last month's local unemployment numbers, click here.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
State sees jobless rate fall to 7 percent.
Massachusetts' unemployment rate fell last month to its lowest point since December 2008, according to data released today. According to the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, the state's unemployment rate dropped from 7.3 percent in October to 7 percent in November. The national average is 8.6 percent. The office claims job growth in six of the 10 private sectors, and that the state added 5,000 jobs in November and 11,900 jobs in October. According to the department, the state has added 51,600 jobs for the year to date. The department claims a year-over-year job growth rate of 1.7 percent, higher than the national average of 1.2 percent. Local unemployment data will be released on Tuesday, Dec. 20.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Fewer unemployed in Wrentham.
Wrentham saw its unemployment rate fall in the month of October, according to numbers released today by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. The town's rate dropped from 6.3 percent in September to 5.7 percent in October. The rate for October 2010 was 6.4 percent. The state unemployment rate remained steady at 7.3 percent for the month. The unemployment rates for area towns follow:
Thursday, November 17, 2011
State adds 10,800 jobs, but unemployment rate remains the same.
The unemployment rate in Massachusetts remained at 7.3 percent for the month of October, according to data released today by the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. According to the office, there was an increase of 10,800 jobs over the course of the month. The data shows job additions in eight of the ten private sectors. Despite the unchanged rate, the state says its number remains below the national unemployment rate of 9 percent. The office said the rate is the state's lowest since January 2009. The local unemployment statistics for October will be released next Tuesday, Nov. 22. For September's local data, click here.
Friday, September 16, 2011
State sees unemployment rate fall from 7.6 percent to 7.4 percent.
The unemployment rate fell by .2 percent Massachusetts in August, according to the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce development. The department, which released the numbers yesterday, said the rate decreased from 7.6 percent in July to 7.4 percent in August, the lowest tally since Feb. 2009. The nation unemployment rate is 9.1 percent. The department reported a 8,900 job decrease, but attributed that larged to the 6,100 striking information sector workers. For the year to date, 41,800 jobs have been added in Massachusetts, while 47,700 private sector jobs have been added. The local unemployment numbers will be released on Tuesday, Sept. 20.
Monday, August 22, 2011
The state unemployment rate remained at 7.6 percent for the month of July.
The Massachusetts unemployment rate remained steady at 7.6 percent between the months of June and July, according to the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. The office released the July figure, which is lower than the national rate of 9.1 percent, last week. The data for local job markets will be released on Tuesday. According to the office, the state showed an increase of an estimated 12,700 jobs for the month, 11,600 of which were in the private sector. The office said the fields of education and health services; trade, transportation and utilities; manufacturing; professional and business services; and financial activities saw growth. The office said June also saw an increase in jobs, by a revised figure of 9,400…