Department of Numbers

Massachusetts Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Massachusetts fell 0.2 percentage points in March 2014 to 6.3%. The state unemployment rate was 0.4 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 2.4 percentage points lower. You can also see Massachusetts unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% 0.0 -0.8
Massachusetts 6.3% -0.2 -0.6

Unemployment Rate: Massachusetts, National

Massachusetts monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 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 80,700 fewer people unemployed in the state. Massachusetts job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Massachusetts 220,939 -7,128 -19,902

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployed
March 2014 6.7% 6.3% 220,939
February 2014 6.7% 6.5% 228,067
January 2014 6.6% 6.8% 237,220
December 2013 6.7% 7.1% 246,304
November 2013 7.0% 7.1% 248,129
October 2013 7.2% 7.2% 249,775
September 2013 7.2% 7.2% 251,216
August 2013 7.2% 7.2% 252,060
July 2013 7.3% 7.2% 251,267
June 2013 7.5% 7.1% 248,700
May 2013 7.5% 7.0% 245,521
April 2013 7.5% 7.0% 242,758
March 2013 7.5% 6.9% 240,841