Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Southbridge Has Highest Unemployment In Worcester County

The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) released preliminary February 2015 estimates that show the Massachusetts total unemployment rate dropped to 4.9 percent from the January rate of 5.1 percent, a 0.2 of a percentage point decrease. Over the year, the unemployment rate fell by 1.1 percent from 6.0 percent in February 2014.

Southbridge, however, experienced little of the good news in the report. Compared to its immediate neighbors, Southbridge experienced chronically high unemployment.



Despite gains for the state as a whole, South-Central Massachusetts remains a trouble spot. However, no single location in all of Worcester County had a higher unemployment rate than the town of Southbridge.

The town’s unemployment rate stood at 8.5%. This marked a decline of only 1% since March of 2014. While Sturbridge and Brookfield had lesser declines, they started from significantly better positions at 6.3% and 7.1% compared to Southbridge’s March 2014 position of 9.5%.

Southbridge's standing among all communities in Worcester County can be gauged from the following chart.

 City or Town 
 Labor Force
 Employed
 Unemployed
 Rate
 Ashburnham
 3,600  
 3,404  
 196  
 5.4  
 Athol
 5,746  
 5,318  
 428  
 7.4  
 Auburn
 9,439  
 8,929  
 510  
 5.4  
 Barre
 3,015  
 2,791  
 224  
 7.4  
 Berlin
 1,769  
 1,695  
 74  
 4.2  
 Blackstone
 5,280  
 4,957  
 323  
 6.1  
 Bolton
 2,856  
 2,761  
 95  
 3.3  
 Boylston
 2,683  
 2,554  
 129  
 4.8  
 Brookfield
 1,905  
 1,786  
 119  
 6.2  
 Charlton
 7,877  
 7,478  
 399  
 5.1  
 Clinton
 8,371  
 7,819  
 552  
 6.6  
 Douglas
 5,163  
 4,921  
 242  
 4.7  
 Dudley
 6,440  
 6,057  
 383  
 5.9  
 East Brookfield
 1,223  
 1,150  
 73  
 6.0  
 Fitchburg
 19,669  
 18,220  
 1,449  
 7.4  
 Gardner
 9,722  
 9,032  
 690  
 7.1  
 Grafton
 10,078  
 9,605  
 473  
 4.7  
 Hardwick
 1,637  
 1,531  
 106  
 6.5  
 Harvard
 2,677  
 2,580  
 97  
 3.6  
 Holden
 10,076  
 9,656  
 420  
 4.2  
 Hopedale
 3,153  
 3,005  
 148  
 4.7  
 Hubbardston
 2,516  
 2,386  
 130  
 5.2  
 Lancaster
 3,992  
 3,822  
 170  
 4.3  
 Leicester
 6,810  
 6,439  
 371  
 5.4  
 Leominster
 22,171  
 20,715  
 1,456  
 6.6  
 Lunenburg
 6,252  
 5,952  
 300  
 4.8  
 Mendon
 3,235  
 3,091  
 144  
 4.5  
 Milford
 15,503  
 14,661  
 842  
 5.4  
 Millbury
 8,079  
 7,639  
 440  
 5.4  
 Millville
 1,773  
 1,668  
 105  
 5.9  
 New Braintree
 570  
 525  
 45  
 7.9  
 North Brookfield
 2,700  
 2,541  
 159  
 5.9  
 Northborough
 7,950  
 7,612  
 338  
 4.3  
 Northbridge
 9,077  
 8,552  
 525  
 5.8  
 Oakham
 1,125  
 1,039  
 86  
 7.6  
 Oxford
 8,386  
 7,962  
 424  
 5.1  
 Paxton
 2,671  
 2,562  
 109  
 4.1  
 Petersham
 692  
 654  
 38  
 5.5  
 Phillipston
 967  
 907  
 60  
 6.2  
 Princeton
 1,955  
 1,871  
 84  
 4.3  
 Royalston
 728  
 682  
 46  
 6.3  
 Rutland
 4,528  
 4,303  
 225  
 5.0  
 Shrewsbury
 20,012  
 19,211  
 801  
 4.0  
 Southborough
 5,350  
 5,171  
 179  
 3.3  
 Southbridge
 8,316  
 7,613  
 703  
 8.5  
 Spencer
 6,160  
 5,735  
 425  
 6.9  
 Sterling
 4,346  
 4,126  
 220  
 5.1  
 Sturbridge
 5,137  
 4,856  
 281  
 5.5  
 Sutton
 5,351  
 5,076  
 275  
 5.1  
 Templeton
 4,361  
 4,106  
 255  
 5.8  
 Upton
 4,243  
 4,056  
 187  
 4.4  
 Uxbridge
 7,990  
 7,553  
 437  
 5.5  
 Warren
 2,499  
 2,328  
 171  
 6.8  
 Webster
 8,886  
 8,242  
 644  
 7.2  
 West Boylston
 3,183  
 2,993  
 190  
 6.0  
 West Brookfield
 2,135  
 2,003  
 132  
 6.2  
 Westborough
 10,346  
 10,004  
 342  
 3.3  
 Westminster
 4,414  
 4,179  
 235  
 5.3  
 Winchendon
 5,604  
 5,253  
 351  
 6.3  
 Worcester
 92,501  
 86,938  
 5,563  
 6.0  
                      Source: Massachusetts Office of Labor and Workforce Development

As one can see, the nearest community to Southbridge is Oakham. Their unemployment rate is 7.6%, almost a full percentage point lower. In absolute terms, their total number of unemployed individuals is less than a tenth of Southbridge.

For the state as a whole, the share of working age residents employed or unemployed, also known as the labor participation rate, was 65.9, an increase of 0.3 of a percentage point since January. Compared with February 2014, the labor participation rate increased a full percentage point over the year.

February 2015 estimates show that 3,430,500 residents were employed and 177,300 were unemployed. Compared with February 2014, February 2015 has 34,400 fewer unemployed persons which is the largest annual decrease in the number of unemployed since October 2011.

Over the month, jobs were up 800 with a private sector loss of 800. Since February 2014, jobs grew by 58,100 with 46,300 private sector job gains. Education and Health Services and Professional, Scientific, and Business Services had the largest job gains over the year. All sector details are listed below.

BLS also revised its January job estimate to a 900 over the month job gain from the 2,600 gain previously reported for the month. 

The February estimates show 3,430,500 Massachusetts residents were employed and 177,300 were unemployed, for a total labor force of 3,607,700. The unemployment rate was 4.9 percent. The February labor force increased by 16,600 from 3,591,100 in January, as 21,100 more residents were employed and 4,400 fewer residents were unemployed over the month. The labor force participation rate, the share of working age population employed or unemployed, was 65.9, an increase of 0.4 of a percentage point over the month. The labor force was 74,200 above the 3,533,500 February 2014 estimate, with 108,800 more residents employed and 34,400 fewer residents unemployed.

3 comments:

  1. Welfare Causes ThisMarch 24, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    Why work when Obama and Moore give you free money?

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    1. Gee, thank goodness we're the only one's in all of Worcester County to which that piece of bullsh*t applies .

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    2. Senator Moore is the blame? Interesting theory.

      Thanks to people like Sen.Moore and Councilor Vecchia, and bank in Senator Moore's hometown loaned Southbridge over $5,000,000 to build a road to our soon to be opened Environmental Industrial Park, a d we have been assured that it will provide 150-600 jobs in the first years of its opening up.

      It should be ready by the late spring I would think. Dies anyone know when it is opening?



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