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slides: Top 10 Highest Unemployment Rates in Central Mass

Wednesday, December 19, 2012


See which towns in the region had the highest jobless rates this fall. Data from the state's Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) represents seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates for October 2012.

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10. Worcester


Labor Force: 85,107
Employed: 78,576
Unemployed: 6,531
Area Rate: 7.7%
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10. Millville


Labor Force: 1,770
Employed: 1,633
Unemployed: 137
Area Rate: 7.7%

Photo courtesy of Marc N. Belanger

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9. West Brookfield


Labor Force: 1,812
Employed: 1,671
Unemployed: 141
Area Rate: 7.8%

Photo courtesy of Richard B. Johnson

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7. Clinton


Labor Force: 7,315
Employed: 6,730
Unemployed: 585
Area Rate: 8%

Photo courtesy of Marc N. Belanger

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7. Blackstone


Labor Force: 5,215
Employed: 4,796
Unemployed: 419
Area Rate: 8%
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6. Leominster


Labor Force: 20,059
Employed: 18,441
Unemployed: 1,618
Area Rate: 8.1%

Photo courtesy of Marc N. Belanger

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4. Orange


Labor Force: 3,681
Employed: 3,375
Unemployed: 306
Area Rate: 8.3%
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4. Gardner


Labor Force: 9,438
Employed: 8,657
Unemployed: 781
Area Rate: 8.3%
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3. Athol


Labor Force: 5,113
Employed: 4,672
Unemployed: 441
Area Rate: 8.6%
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2. Fitchburg


Labor Force: 18,394
Employed: 16,709
Unemployed: 1,685
Area Rate: 9.2%
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1. Southbridge


Labor Force: 7,951
Employed: 7,211
Unemployed: 740
Area Rate: 9.3%

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