Department of Numbers

Massachusetts Job Growth

There were 3,643,500 jobs in Massachusetts in October 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 3,521,303 employed persons for the month. Massachusetts added 4,800 jobs in October 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure fell by 5,626 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Massachusetts job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 3,643,500 +4,800 +69,000
CPS 3,521,303 -5,626 +51,153

Massachusetts Employment Changes

The charts below shows the monthly job growth for Massachusetts as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment in Massachusetts

CES employment in October 2017 for Massachusetts is at a new high of 3,643,500.

CPS employment in Massachusetts reached a maximum of 3,555,831 in May 2017. 34,528 jobs have been lost in Massachusetts since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through October 2017

Massachusetts Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
October 2017 3,643,500 4,800 3,521,303 -5,626
September 2017 3,638,700 10,300 3,526,929 660
August 2017 3,628,400 8,000 3,526,269 -10,706
July 2017 3,620,400 2,500 3,536,975 -11,412
June 2017 3,617,900 10,900 3,548,387 -7,444
May 2017 3,607,000 2,000 3,555,831 4,773
April 2017 3,605,000 -800 3,551,058 21,141
March 2017 3,605,800 1,100 3,529,917 26,575
February 2017 3,604,700 11,200 3,503,342 17,837
January 2017 3,593,500 7,100 3,485,505 12,083
December 2016 3,586,400 3,000 3,473,422 1,179
November 2016 3,583,400 8,900 3,472,243 2,093