Summer jobless rates on Cape and Islands down significantly from 2012

Unemployment rate 1.7 percentage points lower than in 2012

The unemployment rate on Cape Cod in July was 1.7 percentage points lower than three years ago, with Nantucket recording the lowest jobless rate - 2.5 percent - among the three counties that comprise the Cape and Islands.

The 4 percent jobless rate on Martha's Vineyard (Dukes County) and 4.7 percent rate in Barnstable County in July were both below the national average unemployment rate for that month of 5.6 percent, according to US Bureau of Labor Statistics released on Wednesday.

In July 2012, the jobless rate on Nantucket was 4.1 percent. It was 5.4 percent on Martha's Vineyard and 6.4 percent in Barnstable County. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on