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Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, Massachusetts Job Growth

There were 2,706,800 jobs in Boston, Massachusetts in November 2016 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 2,574,034 employed persons for the month. Boston added 5,800 jobs in November 2016 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 2,588 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Boston job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 2,706,800 +5,800 +47,300
CPS 2,574,034 -2,588 +67,342

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Boston, Massachusetts Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Boston 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 for Boston, Massachusetts

CES employment for Boston peaked in August 2016 at 2,710,300. Since then 3,500 jobs have been lost in Boston according to the employer survey. From a trough of 2,701,000 in October 2016, Boston has gained 5,800 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 2,583,821 for Boston in September 2016. 9,787 jobs have been lost in Boston since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2016

Boston, Massachusetts Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2016 2,706,800 5,800 2,574,034 -2,588
October 2016 2,701,000 -2,100 2,576,622 -7,199
September 2016 2,703,100 -7,200 2,583,821 1,412
August 2016 2,710,300 5,400 2,582,409 10,242
July 2016 2,704,900 4,900 2,572,167 17,260
June 2016 2,700,000 13,600 2,554,907 -126
May 2016 2,686,400 -5,900 2,555,033 2,823
April 2016 2,692,300 13,300 2,552,210 17,023
March 2016 2,679,000 6,900 2,535,187 7,541
February 2016 2,672,100 9,700 2,527,646 11,701
January 2016 2,662,400 400 2,515,945 8,008
December 2015 2,662,000 2,500 2,507,937 1,245