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Wakefield's Unemployment Rate Drops Again in April

At 4.8 percent, Wakefield's unemployment rate is below the 5.9 percent statewide rate.

Wakefield's unemployment  rate, already significantly lower than the national average, dropped again in April, according to figures released by the state's Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

The April rate is 4.8 percent, down slightly from March's 5 percent mark.

Most cities and towns in the state experienced drops in their local unemployment numbers, released Tuesday by Workforce Development. Massachusetts gained nearly 19,000 jobs in that time. The state's average rate is 5.9 percent.

Some locations, like Cambridge and Arlington, are well below 4 percent, while others, like Chelsea and Revere, remain mired at 7 percent or higher.

The table below shows the unemployment rates for a sampling of cities and towns in the Greater Boston area. Have you seen evidence of a stronger hiring market? Are you a business owner looking for more help? Tell us about it in the comment section below.

Community April 2012 March 2012

Feb. 2012

 Jan. 2012

Arlington
3.5% 3.6%* 4.2% 4.3% Boston 5.5% 5.5% 6.6% 7.1% Cambridge 3.4% 3.3% 4.1% 4.3% Chelsea 7.5% 8.7% 10.4% 11.1% Everett 6% 6.5% 7.6% 7.8% Lynnfield 4.3% 4.2%* 5.2% 5% Malden 5.3% 5.4% 6.1% 6.4% Medford 5% 5.2% 6% 6.2% Melrose 4.3% 4.4%* 5% 5.2% Reading 4.1% 4.2% 5.2% 5.1% Revere

7%

7.5%* 8.6% 8.9% Saugus 5.7% 5.9% 6.9% 7.1% Somerville 3.9% 3.9% 4.8% 5% Stoneham 5.1% 5.1%* 6.1% 6.5% Wakefield 4.8% 5% 6.1% 6% Winchester 3.9% 3.8% 4.6% 4.6% Winthrop 5.7% 5.9%* 6.6% 7.3% Woburn 5.3% 5.5%* 6.6% 6.3%

* March numbers were readjusted and in some cases resulted in a percentage change for the marked communities.

SOURCE: Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, Division of Unemployment Assistance

D James May 28, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Do any of these studies take into account the vast number of people who have had all benefits run out. Are at an age where looking for work is a lost cause. Or have just given up. I doubt it.

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