New England News
8:38 am
Thu April 19, 2012

New Report Points to Stronger Job Growth in MA

A new economic report is painting a much brighter picture of job growth in Massachusetts.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports…

MassBenchmarks released an analysis on Wednesday showing that the state appeared to have added 38,900 jobs during the first nine months of 2011. That compares with a revised estimate issued last month by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics that showed Massachusetts only gained 2,300 jobs during the same period - a figure that had been questioned by Governor Deval Patrick and other state officials.

Economists for MassBenchmarks say their latest unofficial estimate is based on new and more reliable data from a census of employers who participate in the state's unemployment insurance system.

MassBencharks is published by the Donahue Institute at the University of Massachusetts.

Paul Tuthill, WAMC News.

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