Department of Numbers

Massachusetts Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Massachusetts fell 0.1 percentage points in August 2017 to 4.2%. The state unemployment rate was 0.2 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 4.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in November 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.1 percentage points. You can also see Massachusetts unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.1 -0.5
Massachusetts 4.2% -0.1 +0.8

Unemployment Rate: Massachusetts, National

Massachusetts monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to August 2017

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Massachusetts Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Massachusetts peaked in November 2009 at 305,352. There are now 151,158 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 110,093 in December 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 44,101. Massachusetts job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Massachusetts 154,194 -6,505 +31,289

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Massachusetts from 1990 to August 2017

Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployed
August 2017 4.4% 4.2% 154,194
July 2017 4.3% 4.3% 160,699
June 2017 4.4% 4.3% 160,419
May 2017 4.3% 4.2% 155,318
April 2017 4.4% 3.9% 143,169
March 2017 4.5% 3.6% 131,331
February 2017 4.7% 3.4% 123,412
January 2017 4.8% 3.2% 113,753
December 2016 4.7% 3.1% 110,093
November 2016 4.6% 3.1% 112,267
October 2016 4.8% 3.2% 115,209
September 2016 4.9% 3.3% 118,764