Springfield unemployment drops, Pioneer Valley gains jobs

 Springfield unemployment drops, Pioneer Valley gains jobs

Published: Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 7:55 PM
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SPRINGFIELD – Springfield’s unemployment fell in March to 12.9 percent, down from 13.7 percent in February and 14.4 percent in January.

Springfield had the 16th-highest unemployment rate in Massachusetts behind a number of seaside towns that typically have very high unemployment rates in the winter months, according to statistics released Tuesday by the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

Seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates were down in 21 labor markets across the state and up only in Fall River, which had an unemployment rate of 18.2 percent, up from 18 percent in February.

After Springfield, Holyoke had the next highest unemployment of any Pioneer Valley community at 36th in the state with 11.3 percent unemployment. Holyoke’s rate was also 11.3 percent in February, but down from 11.8 percent a year ago.

In Greenfield, unemployment fell to 7.6 percent from 8.1 percent in February and 9.4 percent a year ago. Amherst’s unemployment fell to 3.4 percent, down from 4.3 percent in February and virtually unchanged from the 3.3 percent recorded in March 2010.

Local unemployment numbers are not adjusted for seasonal changes in the economy and might reflect the spike of hiring headed into summer.

Statewide, the March seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate was 8.2 percent, a decrease of 0.4 of a percentage point from the revised February rate of 8.6 percent. The unadjusted rate was 8.2 percent statewide, down from 8.6 in February and 9.1 percent a year ago.

The state unadjusted unemployment rate was down 0.9 of a percentage point from the 9.1 percent rate in March 2010.   Read More>>>>

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