See How Medford's Unemployment Trends Compare to Communities Nearby

The state continues to add jobs, though the picture is less clear community to community.

The state's unemployment rate ticked down another tenth of a percentage point last month and Medford kept up with the pace, according to figures released by the state's Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. The May rate is 5.8 percent, down from 5.9 percent in April. The state gained 17,000 jobs over the month.

Medford's rate dropped from 5 percent in April to 4.8 percent in May, according to figures released Tuesday by Workforce Development.

In the greater Boston area, the trends vary. Boston and Cambridge saw a slight uptick in unemployment.

The table below shows the unemployment rates for a sampling of Greater Boston. Have you seen evidence of a stronger hiring market? Are you a business owner looking for more help? Tell us about it in the comment section below.

Community May 2012 April 2012 March 2012

Feb. 2012

 Jan. 2012

3.5% 3.5% 3.6% 4.2% 4.3% Boston 5.7% 5.5% 5.5% 6.6% 7.1% Cambridge 3.6% 3.4% 3.3% 4.1% 4.3% Chelsea 7.3% 7.5% 8.7% 10.4% 11.1% Everett 6% 5.9%* 6.5% 7.6% 7.8% Lynnfield 4.3% 4.3% 4.2% 5.2% 5% Malden 5.1% 5.2% 5.4% 6.1% 6.4% Medford 4.8% 5% 5.2% 6% 6.2% Melrose 4.2% 4.3% 4.4% 5% 5.2% Reading 4.1% 4.1% 4.2% 5.2% 5.1% Revere 6.8% 7% 7.5% 8.6% 8.9% Saugus 5.4% 5.7% 5.9% 6.9% 7.1% Somerville 3.8% 3.9% 3.9% 4.8% 5% Stoneham 5% 5.1% 5.1% 6.1% 6.5% Wakefield 4.7% 4.8% 5% 6.1% 6% Winchester 3.9% 4%* 3.8% 4.6% 4.6% Winthrop 5.8% 5.7% 5.9% 6.6% 7.3% Woburn 5.1% 5.2% 5.5% 6.6% 6.3%

* April numbers were readjusted and in some cases resulted in a percentage change for the marked communities.

SOURCE: Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, Division of Unemployment Assistance

MO June 22, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Unemployment numbers keep going up and they don’t come close to telling the whole story. They don’t take into account everyone who has given up looking for work or for all those under-employed. The Federal Reserve reports that American’s have lost 40% of their wealth under Obama. Those green jobs didn’t work out so well either. They estimate the cost of each green job at somewhere around 5 million “each”.
stevieB June 22, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Yet the voters of medford will go running to vote for any unqualified candidate w a D next their name..yeah warren and Kennedy would be great choices! People are waking up to this corrupt administration but it really shouldnt have taken this long.
cindy June 22, 2012 at 04:40 PM
not this resident.
Richie M June 22, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Stevie please give some of your fellow voters from Medford the benefit of the doubt. Not all of us vote for that inept autocrat in Medford City Hall known as Mayor McGlynn every two years. Nor do I worship at the altar of the Kennedys. I also pride myself on not being a lemming who constantly votes for every candidate with a D after their name because I'm from Massachusetts. To each his/her own. But I like to think that I take voting more seriously than that.
lindseyquiroz June 23, 2012 at 05:30 AM
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