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 2015 to 4.8%. The state unemployment rate was 0.7 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 4.0 percentage points lower. You can also see Massachusetts unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% 0.0 -1.1
Massachusetts 4.8% -0.1 -1.1

Unemployment Rate: Massachusetts, National

Massachusetts monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 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 130,193 fewer people unemployed in the state. Massachusetts job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Massachusetts 175,159 -2,169 -34,023

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployed
March 2015 5.5% 4.8% 175,159
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
June 2014 6.1% 5.7% 203,997
May 2014 6.3% 5.8% 205,490
April 2014 6.2% 5.8% 207,142