Cape and Islands Unemployment Rate Increases in June

HYANNIS –The unemployment rate for the Cape and Islands in June increased compared to numbers from last year.

In Barnstable County, the unemployment rate from June 2017 was 4.2 percent, up from 3.9 percent in June 2016.

“I think the 4.2 percent rate is a very healthy rate for the region,” said Cape and Islands Workforce Development Board Executive Director David Augustinho. “We have 8,000 more people working in June than we had in May so I think it’s obviously showing the seasonal effect.”

In Dukes County, the unemployment rate went from 3.5 percent last year to 3.8 percent last month.

Other counties also saw a slight uptick in their numbers with Bristol County going from 4.8 percent in June 2016 to 5.2 percent in June 2017 and Nantucket County seeing theirs go from 2.4 percent to 2.6 percent last month.

Despite the increase in rates, Augustinho said that it’s good news for a growing economy.

“More people are encouraged by the healthy economy so that increases the number of people who are looking for work,” Augustinho.

The state’s unemployment rate last month also saw a rise from 4 percent last year to 4.4 percent last month.

Plymouth County went from 4.2 percent in June 2016 to 4.5 percent last month.

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