Unemployment rates dropped last month in all three Central Massachusetts labor market areas, the state Division of Unemployment Assistance reported yesterday.
The March jobless rate in the Worcester metropolitan area was 5 percent, down from 5.3 percent the same time last year. Joblessness dropped to 6.2 percent from 6.7 percent in the Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner area. In the Athol area, the March rate of 5.8 percent was down from 6 percent over the year.
The rates were not adjusted for seasonal employment swings. During March, the statewide unemployment rate was 4.8 percent.
The state reported that all Massachusetts metropolitan areas reported lower unemployment rates in March, with the Framingham area reporting the lowest jobless rate of 3.8 percent.
-- Telegram and Gazette of Worcester
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