While the news showed improvement from the previous month, the latest unemployment figures for the state indicated over 300,000 residents were without a job according to new unemployment data released by the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. And compared to last year, the numbers told an even more disappointing story, with nearly 5,000 more unemployed in June 2010 compared to the same month last year (see table).
Statewide, the June seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate fell to 8.8 percent, from May's rate of 9.1 percent. Over-the-year, the unadjusted unemployment rate is up 0.1 percent from the 8.7 percent rate in June 2009.
Locally the numbers for Wrentham and Norfolk were slightly better than the state, with both towns holding an 8.5% unemployment rate. Wrentham’s unemployment rate, like the state’s average, was an improvement over the May number but worse compared to June 2009. The number of unemployed in Norfolk rose slightly from May to June, bucking the statewide trend. The story for Plainville and Bellingham continues to be painful with both towns experiencing near double digit unemployment despite modest improvements in the numbers.