Department of Numbers

Massachusetts Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Massachusetts fell 0.0 percentage points in December 2015 to 4.7%. The state unemployment rate was 0.3 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 December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Massachusetts 4.7% 0.0 -0.6

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 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 136,871 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 163,109 in September 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 5,372. Massachusetts job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Massachusetts 168,481 +2,468 -22,886

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployed
January 2016 4.9%
December 2015 5.0% 4.7% 168,481
November 2015 5.0% 4.7% 166,013
October 2015 5.0% 4.6% 164,057
September 2015 5.1% 4.6% 163,109
August 2015 5.1% 4.7% 167,653
July 2015 5.3% 4.7% 169,994
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