Unemployment in Mass. is lower than the national average

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 215,000 in July in the U.S. Job gains occurred in retail trade, health care, professional and technical services, and financial activities.
Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 215,000 in July in the U.S. Job gains occurred in retail trade, health care, professional and technical services, and financial activities. –iStock

Although the national unemployment rate remained unchanged over the last year, the individual rates in Boston and more than 350 other cities have decreased since 2014, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

An August report from the bureau reported that, while employment across the U.S. increased by 215,000 in July, the national unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.3 percent, with 8.3 million people unemployed.

The July 2015 unemployment rate in Massachusetts was 4.9 percent—down from 6 percent in July 2014, according to the September report. The unemployment rate for Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, the core New England area as classified by the U.S. Census Bureau, was even lower at 4.5 percent, down from 5.5 percent last year.

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This is the lowest area of unemployment across the state. The New Bedford area has the highest rate in Massachusetts at 7.2 percent unemployment (down from 8.6 percent last July).

July also marked Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s announcement to launch a center connecting unemployed high school graduates who aren’t enrolled in school to workforce training and opportunities. The Boston Opportunity Youth Collaborative joined Walsh to set up the Connection Center, located inside the Ruggles MBTA station, to reach out to this demographic.

“Too many of our young people are still struggling because of competition for jobs and for college,’’ Walsh said in a statement. “For the future of our City, we must create opportunities to prepare our residents for our workforce.’’

Bismark, N.D. had the lowest unemployment rate in July at 2.3 percent, and Yuma, Ariz. had an unemployment rate of 26.6 percent—the highest nationally, according to the report.

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