SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Massachusetts’ unemployment rate continues to fall, but unfortunately that’s not the case in western Massachusetts.
Unemployment state-wide dropped to 4.5-percent in February. The state website tells a different story for cities in the Pioneer Valley. Chicopee’s jobless rate is over 6-percent, while Springfield is at 9-percent.
Thomas Nestor of Chicopee told 22News we need better training. “There are jobs, but they’re for qualified people. There are a lot of jobs out there, but people don’t want just any job. I mean they want to make money.”
Both Springfield and Chicopee’s unemployment rates are above the national average of 4.9-percent.Below is the full report on the job number sent to 22News from Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development:The state’s total unemployment rate dropped to 4.5 percent in February from the January rate of 4.7, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported Thursday.The preliminary job estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate Massachusetts continues to gain jobs, with 13,300 added in February.The Bureau of Labor Statistics also revised preliminary job estimates for January that originally indicated Massachusetts lost 2,500 jobs. BLS revised estimates for January show the state added 1,200 jobs. Year-to-date Massachusetts has added 14,500 jobs.In February, over the month job gains occurred in the Education and Health Services; Professional, Scientific, and Business Services; Financial Activities; Leisure and Hospitality; Other Services; Construction; Trade, Transportation, and Utilities; and Government sectors.“Massachusetts continues to add jobs, and the labor force showed positive gains with 14,100 more residents employed and 7,400 fewer residents unemployed over the month,” Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Ronald L. Walker, II said.The February state unemployment rate remains lower than the national rate of 4.9 percent reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.The labor force increased by 6,700 from 3,563,200 in January, as 14,100 more residents were employed and 7,400 fewer residents were unemployed over the month.Over the year, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped 0.6 percent from 5.1 percent in February 2015. There were 24,600 fewer unemployed persons over the year compared to February 2015.The state’s labor force participation rate – the total number of residents 16 or older who worked or were unemployed and actively sought work in the last four weeks – increased 0.1 of a percentage point to 64.6 percent over the month. The labor force participation rate over the year has decreased 0.9 of a percentage point compared to February 2015.Over the year, the largest private sector percentage job gains were in Construction; Professional, Scientific and Business Services; Education and Health Services; and Financial Activities.February 2016 Employment OverviewEducation and Health Services added 4,100 (+0.5%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Education and Health Services gained 17,300 (+2.3%) jobs.Professional, Scientific and Business Services gained 4,000 (+0.7%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Professional, Scientific and Business Services added 14,500 (+2.8%) jobs.Financial Activities added 2,300 (+1.0%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Financial Activities gained 3,800 (+1.7%) jobs.Leisure and Hospitality gained 1,000 jobs (+0.3%) over the month. Over the year, Leisure and Hospitality added 4,500 (+1.3%) jobs.Other Services gained 900 (+0.7%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Other Services are up 2,100 (+1.6%) jobs.Construction added 600 (+0.4%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Construction has gained 14,600 (+11.0%) jobs.Trade, Transportation and Utilities added 200 (0.0%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Trade, Transportation and Utilities gained 5,900 (+1.0%) jobs.Information lost 400 (-0.5%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Information added 800 (+0.9%) jobs.Manufacturing lost 200 (-0.1%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Manufacturing lost 200 (-0.1%) jobs.Government added 800 (+0.2%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Government gained 3,700 (+0.8%) jobs.Labor Force OverviewThe February estimates show 3,410,900 Massachusetts residents were employed and 159,000 were unemployed, for a total labor force of 3,569,900. The unemployment rate was 4.5 percent. The February labor force increased by 6,700 from 3,563,200 in January, as 14,100 more residents were employed and 7,400 fewer residents were unemployed over the month. The labor force participation rate, the share of working age population employed and unemployed, was 64.6 percent. The labor force was 18,900 below the 3,588,800 February 2015 estimate, with 5,700 fewer residents employed and 24,600 fewer residents unemployed.The unemployment rate is based on a monthly sample of households. The job estimates are derived from a monthly sample survey of employers. As a result, the two statistics may exhibit different monthly trends.