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Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, Massachusetts Job Growth

There were 2,744,300 jobs in Boston, Massachusetts in May 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 2,630,046 employed persons for the month. Boston added 2,600 jobs in May 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 1,479 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Boston job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 2,744,300 +2,600 +47,400
CPS 2,630,046 -1,479 +75,641

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 in May 2017 is at a new high of 2,744,300.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 2,631,525 for Boston in April 2017. 1,479 jobs have been lost in Boston since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2017

Boston, Massachusetts Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2017 2,744,300 2,600 2,630,046 -1,479
April 2017 2,741,700 2,200 2,631,525 10,549
March 2017 2,739,500 0 2,620,976 19,337
February 2017 2,739,500 5,200 2,601,639 12,081
January 2017 2,734,300 10,300 2,589,558 12,883
December 2016 2,724,000 6,200 2,576,675 4,420
November 2016 2,717,800 6,600 2,572,255 3,453
October 2016 2,711,200 -2,300 2,568,802 2,189
September 2016 2,713,500 500 2,566,613 2,712
August 2016 2,713,000 -1,100 2,563,901 3,419
July 2016 2,714,100 18,100 2,560,482 3,245
June 2016 2,696,000 -900 2,557,237 2,832