slides: Massachusetts Employment Rates Rank Among Nation’s Best Since 2007

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:

  • #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

     
  • #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

     
  • #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

     
  • #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

     
  • #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

     
  • #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

     
  • 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