Department of Numbers

Massachusetts Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Massachusetts fell 0.3 percentage points in December 2014 to 5.5%. The state unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Massachusetts peaked in October 2009 at 8.7% and is now 3.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.5% in June 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Massachusetts unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
Massachusetts 5.5% -0.3 -1.6

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 2014

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Massachusetts Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Massachusetts peaked in December 2009 at 301,639. There are now 106,716 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 191,280 in June 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,643. Massachusetts job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Massachusetts 194,923 -12,947 -51,381

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Massachusetts from 1990 to December 2014

Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployed
January 2015 5.7%
December 2014 5.6% 5.5% 194,923
November 2014 5.8% 5.8% 207,870
October 2014 5.7% 6.0% 211,154
September 2014 5.9% 6.0% 213,300
August 2014 6.1% 5.8% 203,896
July 2014 6.2% 5.6% 195,726
June 2014 6.1% 5.5% 191,280
May 2014 6.3% 5.6% 197,465
April 2014 6.2% 6.0% 209,955
March 2014 6.6% 6.3% 221,047
February 2014 6.7% 6.5% 228,067