Department of Numbers

Massachusetts Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Massachusetts fell 0.1 percentage points in March 2016 to 4.4%. The state unemployment rate was 0.6 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 4.4 percentage points lower. You can also see Massachusetts unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% +0.1 -0.5
Massachusetts 4.4% -0.1 -0.7

Unemployment Rate: Massachusetts, National

Massachusetts monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 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 149,552 fewer people unemployed in the state. Massachusetts job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Massachusetts 155,800 -3,175 -25,821

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployed
March 2016 5.0% 4.4% 155,800
February 2016 4.9% 4.5% 158,975
January 2016 4.9% 4.7% 166,417
December 2015 5.0% 4.9% 174,633
November 2015 5.0% 4.9% 173,505
October 2015 5.0% 4.8% 172,720
September 2015 5.1% 4.8% 172,116
August 2015 5.1% 4.8% 172,022
July 2015 5.3% 4.8% 172,799
June 2015 5.3% 4.9% 174,552
May 2015 5.5% 4.9% 176,927
April 2015 5.4% 5.0% 179,393