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Massachusetts Work Injuries to Increase with Improving Economy

Officials with the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) recently announced that the preliminary statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) indicate the state of Massachusetts was able to add more than 9,000 jobs in the month of October and that the total unemployment rate was roughly 7 percent. .
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Since December of last year, employers in the state of Massachusetts have added more than 52,000 jobs in the private sector.

Our workers’ compensation lawyers in Massachusetts understand that there were close to 4,500 fatal occupational injuries to private sector wage and salary workers, government workers, and self-employed workers last year. Because of a lack in funding and as a result of the government shutdown back in October, officials with the BLS had to redo the estimates of these fatal accidents. Recently, officials with the EOLWD had to re-report on the August and September statistics.

Top U.S. Job Stats:

-Positions in Hospitality and Leisure were able to add more than 3,000 jobs over the month. Throughout the year, there were roughly 4,200 jobs added.

-Utilities, Transportation and Trade were able to add close to 3,000 jobs through the month of November. For the entire year, there have been close to 11,500 jobs added.

-Education and Health Services were able to add close to 2,000 jobs over the month of November. Over the entire year, there have been close to 17,500 jobs added, a close to 3 percent gain.

-Officials in the construction industry saw employment positions increase by close to 1,500. Throughout the entire year, there have been close to 6,500 positions added, an increase of close to 6 percent.

-Financial Activities was able to gain about 600 over the month of November. Unfortunately, this field lost roughly 200 jobs throughout the entire year.

-Professional, Scientific and Business Services was able to add about 600 positions throughout the month. Over the entire year, they were able to add close to 9,000 job positions.

-Information gained roughly 300 jobs in the month. Over the entire year, Information was able to add more than 6,500 positions.

-Other Services were able to add about 300 positions in November. Over the year, this field was able to add close to 2,000 jobs, or a near 2 percent increase from the year before.

-Unfortunately, Manufacturing lost close to 1,500 jobs in the month of November. Over the year, Manufacturing lost close to 4,500 jobs.

-The Government also saw a loss in jobs — roughly 200 in the month of November. These positions were virtually unchanged throughout the entire year.

It’s important to remember that you have rights — even when unemployed. The Department of Unemployment (DUA) administers the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program which provides temporary income assistance to Massachusetts workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own and who are able to work, available for work and looking for a job.

If you or a loved one has been injured on the job in Massachusetts, call the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your workers’ compensation claim– 1-888-367-2900.

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Updated Work-Safety Regulations Critical to Modernized Workforces, Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, November 24, 2013

Winter Risk for Miners in the Northeast, Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, November 8, 2013