Massachusetts’ unemployment rate fell below 6 percent in May for the first time in nearly six years as the state economy continues to expand, the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported Thursday.
If you think all manufacturing is dirty, greasy, noisy, and boring, think again.
“The jobs that we have in manufacturing are no longer those greasy, unsafe positions, but are the high-tech, clean, very safe jobs that have great growth potential,” said Steve Sawin, President and CEO of Operon Resources Management, a manufacturing staffing company that places Mount Wachusett students and graduates in medical manufacturing positions.
LAWRENCE, Mass. — As of April, the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate in Lawrence was 11.9 percent, more than double the state’s jobless rate of 5.6 percent.
But, at the same time, this old industrial city has been adding jobs at a faster rate than the state. So, if the city is growing jobs, why is unemployment so stubbornly high?
Massachusetts’ economy grew at a good clip in the first three months of the year, even as economic growth nationally nearly ground to halt, according to state and federal economic reports released Wednesday.
The state’s economy expanded at an annual rate of 2.6 percent between January and March, according to the University of Massachusetts and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. The national economy barely grew at all during that period, expanding at a rate of 0.1 percent after growing 2.6 percent at the end of last year, the US Commerce Department reported.