Department of Numbers

Massachusetts Job Growth

There were 3,352,900 jobs in Massachusetts in October 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 3,339,835 employed persons for the month. Massachusetts added 11,400 jobs in October 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure fell by 55,203 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Massachusetts job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey October 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 3,352,900 +11,400 -340,200
CPS 3,339,835 -55,203 -388,433

Massachusetts Employment Changes

The charts below shows the monthly job growth for Massachusetts as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment in Massachusetts

CES employment peaked in February 2020 for Massachusetts at 3,712,600. Since then 359,700 jobs have been lost in Massachusetts according to the employer survey. From a trough of 3,022,100 in April 2020, Massachusetts has gained 330,800 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Massachusetts reached a maximum of 3,729,899 in January 2020. 390,064 jobs have been lost in Massachusetts since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 2,853,941, Massachusetts has added 485,894 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through October 2020

Massachusetts Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
October 2020 3,352,900 11,400 3,339,835 -55,203
September 2020 3,341,500 36,400 3,395,038 249,833
August 2020 3,305,100 62,500 3,145,205 66,085
July 2020 3,242,600 70,900 3,079,120 48,771
June 2020 3,171,700 94,600 3,030,349 75,936
May 2020 3,077,100 55,000 2,954,413 100,472
April 2020 3,022,100 -646,700 2,853,941 -811,106
March 2020 3,668,800 -43,800 3,665,047 -63,208
February 2020 3,712,600 3,600 3,728,255 -1,644
January 2020 3,709,000 10,600 3,729,899 2,266
December 2019 3,698,400 -2,700 3,727,633 -977
November 2019 3,701,100 8,000 3,728,610 342