Department of Numbers

Massachusetts Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Massachusetts fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2016 to 2.8%. The state unemployment rate was 1.9 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 6.0 percentage points lower. You can also see Massachusetts unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% +0.1 -0.3
Massachusetts 2.8% -0.1 -2.1

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

Unemployment Rate: Massachusetts, National

Massachusetts monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 2016

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Massachusetts Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Massachusetts peaked in November 2009 at 305,352. There are now 204,007 fewer people unemployed in the state. Massachusetts job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Massachusetts 101,345 -4,013 -73,288

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Massachusetts from 1990 to December 2016

Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployed
January 2017 4.8%
December 2016 4.7% 2.8% 101,345
November 2016 4.6% 2.9% 105,358
October 2016 4.8% 3.3% 117,316
September 2016 4.9% 3.6% 129,148
August 2016 4.9% 3.9% 141,781
July 2016 4.9% 4.1% 146,118
June 2016 4.9% 4.2% 149,651
May 2016 4.7% 4.2% 150,370
April 2016 5.0% 4.2% 152,274
March 2016 5.0% 4.4% 155,810
February 2016 4.9% 4.5% 158,975