Southborough unemployment rate relatively low

According to January unemployment numbers, the recession has finally hit Metrowest, but Southborough has been relatively spared.

The Boston Globe reported this weekend that the 13 towns comprising the Framingham labor market, including Southborough, lost more jobs in January than they did in all of 2008 – a total of 1,700 in the one-month period. The statewide unemployment rate for January was 8.1%, but here in Southborough it was a relatively low 4.7%.

Other towns in the area with low unemployment rates include Lincoln at 4%, Weston and Dover at 4.3%, and Wellesley at 4.5%. The highest unemployment rates in Boston’s western suburbs were in Plainville (9.7%), Bellingham (9.2%), Hudson (8.1%), Milford (8.1%), and Norfolk (7.8%).

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