Department of Numbers

Massachusetts Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Massachusetts fell 0.0 percentage points in July 2015 to 4.7%. 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 4.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.6% in May 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Massachusetts unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate July 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.3% 0.0 -0.9
Massachusetts 4.7% 0.0 -1.0

Unemployment Rate: Massachusetts, National

Massachusetts monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to July 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 135,370 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 168,694 in May 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,288. Massachusetts job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Massachusetts 169,982 +944 -32,464

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployed
July 2015 5.3% 4.7% 169,982
June 2015 5.3% 4.7% 169,038
May 2015 5.5% 4.6% 168,694
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