Barnstable County Unemployment Rate Rises to 4.3 Percent

BARNSTABLE – The unemployment rate on Cape Cod ticked up in the last month, but officials say the numbers still bode well for the region’s economy.

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported that Barnstable County had a 4.3 percent unemployment rate for the month of November. That was up from 3.4 percent in October. The Cape typically sees the unemployment rate rise in the offseason.

Statewide, the unemployment rate was 3.3 percent in November, unchanged from October.

“4.3 percent is pretty good. That’s one percentage point higher than the state, which in November is actually a pretty good sign for us,” said David Augustinho, the Executive Director of the Cape and Islands Workforce Development Board.

“At 4.3 percent our unemployment is very reasonable for November,” Augustinho said. “It’s up a little bit, it was 3.6 percent in November of 2016. That’s the trend that we’ve been seeing.”

The unemployment rate also jumped on the highly seasonal islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.

The Nantucket County unemployment rate moved to 4.1 percent, rising from 2.4 percent in October. Dukes County checked in with a 5.4 percent unemployment rate in November, up from 3.6 percent a month earlier.

Unemployment was unchanged in Plymouth County at 3.4 percent. Bristol County reported a 4.1 percent unemployment rate, up just 0.1 percent from October.

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