Department of Numbers

Massachusetts Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Massachusetts fell 0.1 percentage points in May 2015 to 4.6%. The state unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Massachusetts peaked in September 2009 at 8.8% and is now 4.2 percentage points lower. You can also see Massachusetts unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% +0.1 -0.8
Massachusetts 4.6% -0.1 -1.2

Note: All comparisons are made with May data as June state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Massachusetts, National

Massachusetts monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2015

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Massachusetts Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Massachusetts peaked in November 2009 at 305,352. There are now 136,701 fewer people unemployed in the state. Massachusetts job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Massachusetts 168,651 -734 -36,839

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Massachusetts from 1990 to May 2015

Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployed
June 2015 5.3%
May 2015 5.5% 4.6% 168,651
April 2015 5.4% 4.7% 169,385
March 2015 5.5% 4.8% 175,093
February 2015 5.5% 4.9% 177,328
January 2015 5.7% 5.1% 181,650
December 2014 5.6% 5.3% 191,367
November 2014 5.8% 5.4% 193,529
October 2014 5.7% 5.5% 196,039
September 2014 5.9% 5.6% 198,534
August 2014 6.1% 5.6% 200,677
July 2014 6.2% 5.7% 202,446