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Thread: Wayland unemployment rate among lowest in Metrowest

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    This morning's Boston Sunday Globe "West" section features a look at unemployment rates in the region* that it covers. While Wayland has seen the worst performance of the 21 towns since October of 2009, as of October 2010, t still has the lowest unemployment rate at 5.2%.

    The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) (part of mass.gov) has a broader list for 43 Metro South/West towns as well as other regions in MA. In that broader list, Wayland ranks 6th (tied with Newton) behind Lincoln (4.2%), Dover (4.3%), Stow (4.7%), Weston (4.7%), Brookline (4.8%), and Holliston (5%). Wayland fared better than peer towns including Needham (5.3%), Wellesley (5.3%), Concord (5.4%), Boxborough (5.5%), Lexington (5.5%), Sudbury (5.5%), Acton (5.6%), Sherborn (5.7%), and Carlisle (6.4%)

    *Acton, Ayer, Bedford, Bolton, Boxborough, Boylston, Carlisle, Concord, Dunstable, Groton, Lincoln, Littleton, Marlborough, Maynard, Pepperell, Shirley, Shrewsbury, Southborough, Sudbury, Wayland, Westborough

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    I received an email from a Wayland resident making the point that unemployment rates are not the same thing as under-employment rates. It's a great point--not clear if under-employment tracks town-by-town the way that unemployment does. Certainly, anything less than full employment causes real difficulty for the families affected.

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    A speaker at Town Meeting noted that Wayland's unemployment rate at 5.2% was one of the highest in the region. I took a look back at the link Jeff posted previously to check on this, and found it to be untrue. On this list (updated now to February 2011) of 43, we are 14th (with #1 being the lowest - Brookline at 4%, and #43 being the highest - Bellingham at 10.6%). This is a drop from 6th (above), but our unemployment rate remains the same as in the prior check, and there is a tight grouping among the towns, with small differences between them until you get to the last half of the list. Wayland is tied with Carlisle, and remains ahead of Sudbury and Concord, but is behind Lincoln, Weston and Wellesley.

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