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July 29, 2013

Report shows 254 more Cape Anners out of jobs

The state’s latest workforce and unemployment statistics, geared primarily toward spotlighting the unemployment rates of cities and towns, show that 254 more Cape Ann residents were on the unemployment lines this June compared to the same time as a year ago — with three of the Cape’s four communities showing double-digit increases over the jobless numbers from June 2012.

The statistics are part of the same Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development figures released last week and reported with the unemployment rates for Gloucester, Rockport, Essex and Manchester. The rates of all four communities not only showed increases in the June unemployment rates compared to those for May of this year, but were also up compared to June of last year.

Overall, Gloucester’s unemployment rate for June was pegged at 7.7 percent, Rockport’s at 7.1 percent, Essex’s at 6.3 percent and Manchester’s at 5.9. The news came in month in which the state’s overall jobless rate also rose from 6.7 percent in May to a June figure of 7.4 percent, according to the Labor and Workforce figures.

The hard and individual numbers behind those figures, however, show 1,213 Gloucester workers listed as unemployed in June of this year compared to 1,048 in the corresponding month from a year ago, while those numbers have also risen for each of the towns as well.

The biggest jump shows in Rockport, where 274 workers were documented as unemployed this June, compared to 242 in May and to just 202 in June 2012. That’s a jump of 72 unemployed workers – or a leap of 35 percent – in year-to-year figures in a month when the summer season should have taken hold.

The increases in the other towns is less dramatic, with Essex’s number of unemployed rising from 111 in June 2012 to 124 at the end of last month — a jump of 11.7 percent — while the number of jobless workers in Manchester also rose from 148 in June of last year to 162 in June 2013, a bump of 9.7 percent.

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