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October 9, 2012

Jobless rate for city dips to 6.1%

Gloucester’s unemployment rate, holding steady throughout the summer above the 6-percent mark, inched back down to 6.1 percent in August from a 6.2-percent figure in July, according to the latest city and town jobless statistics from the state’s Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

And the tenth-of-a-point decrease this time comes with supporting figures showing that more people landed local jobs in August amid a growing summer workforce — with 250 more people working in August of this year, than had been in August 2011, when the city’s jobless rate was pegged at 7.4 percent.

The Gloucester jobless rate, while the highest among the four communities on Cape Ann, remains below the state average of 6.4 percent for a second straight month, and also stays below the Essex County average, which held firm for a second straight month at 6.8 percent – fueled largely by a 14.8 percent unemployment rate in the city of Lawrence.

The August unemployment rates for Cape Ann’s towns were:

Essex — 4.6 percent, down by 16 percent from the town’s July rate of 5.5 percent, and a whopping 27 percent improvement from the 6.3 percent reported in August 2011,

Rockport — 4.3 percent, down from a July mark of 4.8 percent and down from a 5.9 percent figure posted in August 2011.

Manchester — 4.8 percent, consistent with the same 4.8 percent listed for July, and up from an August 2011 rate of 4.6 percent. Manchester’s monthly unemployment rate has held at between 4.6 and 4.9 percent since this past March, when it was pegged at 5.7 percent.

The Gloucester figures come after the rate from June to July – a rising peak of the tourism season – had risen from an initially reported 6.0 percent to 6.2. The state’s Labor and Workforce Development office later revised the June figure to 6.1 percent. All of the figures are reported without being seasonally adjusted. The August city and town statistics are the most recent numbers available, and generally come a few weeks behind the statewide jobless statistics.

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