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Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, Massachusetts Job Growth

There were 2,740,100 jobs in Boston, Massachusetts in February 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 2,605,627 employed persons for the month. Boston added 5,800 jobs in February 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 10,462 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Boston job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 2,740,100 +5,800 +50,200
CPS 2,605,627 +10,462 +77,981

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 February 2017 is at a new high of 2,740,100.

CPS employment in February 2017 for Boston is at a new high of 2,605,627.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2017

Boston, Massachusetts Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2017 2,740,100 5,800 2,605,627 10,462
January 2017 2,734,300 10,300 2,595,165 11,554
December 2016 2,724,000 6,200 2,583,611 9,134
November 2016 2,717,800 6,600 2,574,477 -2,145
October 2016 2,711,200 -2,300 2,576,622 -7,199
September 2016 2,713,500 500 2,583,821 1,412
August 2016 2,713,000 -1,100 2,582,409 10,242
July 2016 2,714,100 18,100 2,572,167 17,260
June 2016 2,696,000 -900 2,554,907 -126
May 2016 2,696,900 1,800 2,555,033 2,823
April 2016 2,695,100 -400 2,552,210 17,023
March 2016 2,695,500 5,600 2,535,187 7,541