Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Food For Thought

In case you missed it, recent numbers released by the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics show that our New England neighbors have considerably lower unemployment rates than the Bay State.

In an article posted by the State House News Service (SHNS), Massachusetts with its highly touted unemployment rate of 8.2% in fact trails Maine (7.5%), Vermont (5.6%), and New Hampshire (5.4%). In fairness to full disclosure, Massachusetts’ unemployment rate is better than the national average (8.9%).

These numbers are sobering considering the fact that Governor Patrick never mentions Massachusetts jobless rates in comparison to those of our neighbors. Maybe these recent figures will help the Patrick-Murray administration shed some light as to why so many corporations and jobs are leaving the Commonwealth for other New England states.