The Massachusetts unemployment rate dropped 0.1 percentage points to 5.5 percent in June, according to preliminary data released by the state this morning.
The state said Massachusetts added 3,700 jobs in June and the rate is the lowest since August 2008.
- Education and Health Services gained 6,000 (+0.8%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Education and Health Services gained 20,700 (+2.8%) jobs.
- Trade, Transportation and Utilities added 900 (+0.2%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Trade, Transportation, and Utilities gained 10,000 (+1.8%) jobs.
- Financial Activities had no change in its jobs level over the month. Over the year, Financial Activities added 1,100 (+0.5%) jobs.
- Manufacturing lost 1,100 (-0.4%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Manufacturing lost 1,600 (-0.6%) jobs.
- Construction lost 900 (-0.7%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Construction has added 800 (+0.7%) jobs.
- Leisure and Hospitality lost 900 (-0.3%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Leisure and Hospitality added 1,900 (+0.6%) jobs.
- Other Services lost 900 (-0.7%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Other Services jobs are up 2,300 (+1.9%) jobs.
- Information lost 100 (-0.1%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Information gained 4,300 (+5.0%) jobs.
- Professional, Scientific and Business Services lost 100 (0.0%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Professional, Scientific and Business Services added 9,800 (+1.9%) jobs.
- Government added 900 (+0.2%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Government lost 500 (-0.1%) jobs.
Here’s the full release from the state.
Meanwhile, here are some headlines, with links, about companies hiring, or planning to hire soon, in Greater Boston:
- Backup data firm Unitrend moves headquarters from South Carolina to Boston, eyes IPO
- Kopin ramps up in anticipation of wearables boom
- Who’s hiring in tech right now (list)
- ClearView Audio, maker of ‘invisible’ wireless speaker, moves HQ to Wellesley
- Berg looks to hire as many of 150 in coming year for cancer drugs
- Robot tuna made by Boston Engineering gets $200k toward military use
- Who’s hiring in tech for the week of June 23 (list)
- Telerik expands U.S. headquarters in Waltham, will hire 50
- Catchpoint plans to relocate to Back Bay, double workforce in Boston
- Mobile ad startup SessionM goes international with Rakuten deal
- Loop rolls out smartphone charge case that doubles as mobile wallet, plans to hire dozens
- Who’s hiring in tech for the week of June 16 (list)
- Backup software firm Acronis plans to hire, acquire and unveil new product
Looking back a little farther:
Here are recent companies hiring in Massachusetts:
- Cloud analytics startup CouldHealth Technologies raises $3.2 million, plans to hire and expand.
- NetProspex, the Waltham-based maker of an online platform for marketing data management called Workbench, currently has 121 employees and plans to hire 45 more by the end of the year. Recent story: Marketing data services firm NetProspex raises $13M Series C
- First Abroad, a Boston-based gap-year program startup, has four full-time employees and one part-time employee and plans on hiring about two more employees by the end of the year. Recent story: Gap-year travel startup First Abroad offers cheap programs ‘too good to be true’
- Veracode, a Burlington-based cloud-based security company, employs 325 currently, with 225 of those employees based in Burlington and expects to hire about 50 more by the end of the year. Recent story: Veracode prepares for IPO by hiring Zipcar’s chief lawyer
- OnForce, a Lexington-based online marketplace for finding IT specialists on demand, currently has 50 employees — 15 of which have been hired this year alone — and expects its headcount to increase to about 65 by the end of the year. Recent story: OnForce plans global expansion, could triple customers to 18k in two years
- Randstad Technologies, based in Woburn, has about 85 employees in that office and is hiring 10 technical recruiters and two account managers. In the company’s Boston office, which has 30 employees, the company is hiring two technical recruiters and one account manager.
- OYO Sports, based in Acton, has about 120 employees and expects to hire about 80 by the end of the year. Recent story: Fan engagement startup OYO Sports raises $3M
- Codeship, a Boston-based company that allows companies to quickly deploy changes to their online software, currently has 11 employees and is aiming for 20 by the end of the year. Recent story: Techstars alum Codeship gets $2.6M, picks Boston over West Coast
- FreshAddress, based in Newton, has 30 employees but is hiring for about five open positions. Recent story: FreshAddress processes four-billionth email address
- Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems, based in Boston, has 42 employees and will add 6 to 10 percent to its current workforce, according to an executive at the nonprofit. Recent story: After $27M rehab, Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems officially opens in Fort Point (slide show)
- Moderna is expanding in Kendall Square.
- Sweden’s Sobi plans to open its North American headquarters in Waltham.