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Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Boston fell 0.0 percentage points in November 2017 to 3.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Massachusetts rate. The unemployment rate in Boston peaked in December 2009 at 8.1% and is now 4.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in December 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Boston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Massachusetts 3.6% -0.1 +0.5
Boston 3.4% 0.0 +0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Boston, Massachusetts, National

Boston, Massachusetts monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Boston, Massachusetts Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Boston peaked in January 2010 at 203,722. There are now 112,130 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 74,196 in December 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 17,396. Boston employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Boston, Massachusetts) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Boston 91,592 -882 +15,311

Number of Unemployed Persons

Boston, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Boston
Unemployment Rate
Boston
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 3.6% 3.4% 91,592
October
2017
4.1% 3.7% 3.4% 92,474
September
2017
4.2% 3.9% 3.4% 92,096
August
2017
4.4% 4.2% 3.6% 98,782
July
2017
4.3% 4.3% 3.8% 103,137
June
2017
4.3% 4.3% 3.8% 103,450
May
2017
4.3% 4.2% 3.9% 105,962
April
2017
4.4% 3.9% 3.6% 99,384
March
2017
4.5% 3.6% 3.4% 92,249
February
2017
4.7% 3.4% 3.3% 89,729
January
2017
4.8% 3.2% 3.0% 80,196

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.