The unemployment rate in both Hamilton and Wenham dropped in August, according to figures released this week by the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. Both towns are below the statewide average.
In Hamilton, the unemployment rate dropped to 4.4 percent from 4.6 percent, with 163 people reporting they were out of work out of a workforce of 3,716 in August, according to the state government data. In July, 170 residents were out of work, the state said.
In Wenham, the unemployment rate dropped to 5.3 percent from 6.7 percent, with 100 people reporting they were out of work out of a workforce of 1,794 in August, according to the state government data. In July, 129 residents were out of work, the state said.
The statewide unemployment rate was 6.3 percent in August.
In recent years, the Wenham unemployment rate peaked at 7.8 percent in January. In Hamilton, it got to 6.7 percent back in 2009.
Of the communities immediately nearby the two towns, Hamilton has the lowest unemployment rate, along with Topsfield. For Wenham, only Danvers had a higher unemployment rate of the nearby cities and towns.
The table below shows the unemployment rates, month-by-month going back to April, for cities and towns immediately adjacent to Hamilton and Wenham. Have you seen evidence of a stronger hiring market? Are you a business owner looking for more help? Tell us about it in the comment section below.CommunityAugust 2012July 2012June 2012
5.2% 5.3% 5.3% 4.7% 5.1% Danvers 5.9% 5.9% 5.7% 5.3% 5.4% Essex 4.6% 5.5% 5.1% 5.1% 5.5% Ipswich 5.2% 5.4% 4.9% 4.6% 4.8% Manchester-by-the-Sea 4.8% 4.8% 4.9% 4.6% 4.8% Topsfield 4.4% 4.5% 4.4% 3.7% 4.3%