More Boston education jobs have been added, according to the latest news from Massachusett’s department of labor.
The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported that the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ preliminary March 2012 estimates show that Massachusetts added 8,700 jobs over the month, for a total of 3,241,600 jobs. The March job gain follows a revised 7,200 job gain in February. The total unemployment rate dropped to 6.5 percent, 0.4 percentage points below the February rate of 6.9 percent and well below the national rate of 8.2 percent.
The private sector added 8,900 jobs in March. Five of the ten private sectors added jobs; the largest gains occurred in Professional, Scientific, and Business Services; Trade, Transportation, and Utilities; and Education and Health Services.
Year to date, the Bay State added 29,800 jobs; the private sector added 31,200 jobs. Over the year, the Bay State added 30,300 jobs; the private sector added 34,600 jobs.
Professional, Scientific, and Business Services added 4,900 (+1.0%) jobs over the month, the sector’s ninth monthly gain. Over the year, the sector added 17,000 (+3.6%) jobs due mostly to growth in Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, which added 9,600 (+3.8%) jobs.
Trade, Transportation, and Utilities added 2,800 (+0.5%) jobs over the month with gains in two of the three components. Year to date, the sector added 6,900 (+1.3%) jobs. Over the year, the sector added 10,700 (+2.0%) jobs, as Retail Trade added 8,100 (+2.4%) jobs.
Education and Health Services added 2,500 (+0.4%) jobs over the month with gains in both components. Health Care and Social Assistance added 2,100 (+0.4%) jobs and Educational Services added 400 (+0.3%) jobs. Over the year, Education and Health Services added 2,300 (+0.3%) jobs.
Manufacturing added 300 (+0.1%) jobs over the month as the gain in Durable Goods outweighed the loss in Non-Durable Goods. Over the year, Manufacturing added 1,700 (+0.7%) jobs.
Other Services gained 100 (+0.1%) jobs over the month. Over the year, the sector added 2,700 (+2.3%) jobs.
Mining and Logging employment remained unchanged both over the month and over the year.