State: 1,770 Haverhill Residents Unable to Find Jobs

Unemployment in the Greater Haverhill area ticked upward in June.

Haverhill’s seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate in June increased by .4 percent to a rate of 5.1 percent in comparison to May, according to the state’s Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD). During June, Haverhill employers added 607 jobs while the local labor force expanded by 780 for a total 34,926 working or seeking work. EOWLD reported 1,770 individuals in the city were unemployed in June.

Methuen’s unemployment rate also jumped by.4 percent to a rate of 5.4 percent, as 330 jobs were added there while the labor force grew by 478 people to a total 26,740. Employment in Methuen was at 25,285 people in June while the number of unemployed was at 1,455.

Groveland and Andover, however, shared a .5 percent increase in unemployment rates. In Groveland, 69 jobs added in June as its labor force grew by 95 to bring its unemployment rate to 3.8 percent. EOWLD reported 163 people out of a labor force of 4,238 were unemployed in June. Meanwhile, Andover’s unemployment rate grew to 4.1 percent, as 130 jobs were added locally while 225 people were added to the local labor force. Andover has 731 people reported as unemployed.

The statewide seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate for June held at 4.6 percent for the second consecutive month. The Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, N.H. reporting area was among five areas which reported the largest seasonal job gains in June.