The seemingly conflicting pair of statistics exists due to the total number of people working and looking for work increasing.
More Attleboro residents were working in March than were in February, according to statistics released Tuesday by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. However, the statistics also show an increase in the unemployment rate. This is because the labor force (a combination of those who are working and those actively looking for work) increased from February to March and a smaller percentage of the labor force had jobs in March. The number of Attleboro residents with jobs in March was 22,325. The number was 22,249 in February and 22,504 in March 2012. This translates to unemployment rates of 9.4 percent in March, 8.8 percent in February and 9.8 percent in March 2012.
The December unemployment rate was 8.4 percent in Attleboro, 8.3 percent in Seekonk.
More people were looking for work in Attleboro and Seekonk in December than were in November, according to statistics released Tuesday from the state's Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. The December unemployment rate was 8.4 percent in Attleboro (up from 8.3 percent in November and also 8.3 percent in December of 2011) and 8.3 percent in Seekonk (up from 8.1 percent in November and down from 8.9 percent in December 2011). The total number of Attleboro residents working in December was 22,265, down from 22,365 in November and 22,418 in December 2011. In Seekonk, the total number of residents working in December was 6,842, down from 6,873 in November and 6,889 in December 2011. Statewide, the unemployment rate went up from…