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Tuesday, December 24, 2013


Employment in Massachusetts has proven to be resilient during the economic downturn of the past several years.

According to data released by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Commonwealth has had a 1.3 percentage point drop in employment rate since 2007 for adults aged 25-54. Only Nebraska and Vermont retained a higher percentage of jobs in that span.

“Even during a global economic downturn, the Patrick Administration has pursued a growth strategy of investing in education, innovation and infrastructure to grow jobs and create opportunity throughout the Commonwealth," said a spokesman from the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. "This report confirms that this is a winning strategy and that Massachusetts is continuing to lead the nation in putting our residents to work.”

In 2007, 80.3 percent of Bay Staters in that demographic had jobs; and as of Fiscal Year 2013, 79.1 percent remained employed. No state has shown employment gains in that period.

Despite the positive trend, unemployment is still an issue in Massachusetts. Recently released November data shows that for the first time in more than five years, the state's rate (7.1%) surpassed the national rate of 7.0 percent.


See how each of New England's states have fared in the slides below:


Related Slideshow: Pew Research: New England Employment Figures From FY2007 to FY2013

While unemployment figures receive more media attention, the employment rate is a preferred index for many economists because it provides a sharper picture of changes in the labor market. The unemployment rate, for example, fails to count workers who stopped looking for a job. By focusing on 25- to 54-year-olds, trends are less distorted by demographic effects such as older and younger workers’ choices regarding retirement or full-time education.

Below are the employment rates in FY2007 and FY2013 for New England states as referenced by the Pew Charitable Trust's "Fiscal 50: State Trends and Analysis" Report, ranked from best to worst.

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#1 Vermont

CY2007 Employment-population ratio: 83.5%

FY2013 Employment-population ratio: 82.6%

Percentage point change, CY2007-FY2013: -0.9

Statistical significance of percentage point change, CY2007-FY2013: not significant

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#2 New Hampshire

CY2007 Employment-population ratio: 85.1%

FY2013 Employment-population ratio: 82.4%

Percentage point change, CY2007-FY2013: -2.7

Statistical significance of percentage point change, CY2007-FY2013: not significant

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#3 Massachusetts

CY2007 Employment-population ratio: 80.3%

FY2013 Employment-population ratio: 79.1%

Percentage point change, CY2007-FY2013: -1.3

Statistical significance of percentage point change, CY2007-FY2013: not significant

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#4 Connecticut

CY2007 Employment-population ratio: 81.8%

FY2013 Employment-population ratio: 77.1%

Percentage point change, CY2007-FY2013: -4.8

Statistical significance of percentage point change, CY2007-FY2013: significant

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#5 Rhode Island

CY2007 Employment-population ratio: 82.5%

FY2013 Employment-population ratio: 76.8%

Percentage point change, CY2007-FY2013: -5.7

Statistical significance of percentage point change, CY2007-FY2013: significant

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#6 Maine

CY2007 Employment-population ratio: 81.3%

FY2013 Employment-population ratio: 76.6%

Percentage point change, CY2007-FY2013: -4.6

Statistical significance of percentage point change, CY2007-FY2013: significant

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United States Average

CY2007 Employment-population ratio: 79.9%

FY2013 Employment-population ratio: 75.9%

Percentage point change, CY2007-FY2013: -4.1

Statistical significance of percentage point change, CY2007-FY2013: significant


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Iron Mike Farquhar

This is DISHONEST reporting. You use Deval Patrick's skewed figures as the statistical base of your piece? You're perpetrating his fraud.

Count the number of wealth-producing jobs! [Do you understand what THAT TERM means?]

Count the increase in WEALTH-BURNING jobs – like government employees, school facility and staff, and service employees.

Do you understand that we have OVER 16 state employees [JUST state employees] per SQUARE MILE!?! Most 'manage' to retire and draw a 'disability' check, - i.e. they pay no taxes on it. THEN, they move south, - and don't even spend their money here....

Thanks to our Liberal / Democrat / Progressive lawmakers – we have FEWER people in the WORKFORCE than at any time since before WWII.

And yet, with Black Unemployment at an all-time HIGH, Obama, Deval, and the liberals want to add some 11 MILLION illegals to the labor pool? Really? Just HOW, WHEN, and WHERE is a poor Black kid supposed to get his first job?

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