Department of Numbers

Massachusetts Job Growth

There were 3,503,500 jobs in Massachusetts in August 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 3,524,027 employed persons for the month. Massachusetts added 2,600 jobs in August 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 2,878 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Massachusetts job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 3,503,500 +2,600 +184,700
CPS 3,524,027 +2,878 +246,421

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 3,733,400. Since then 229,900 jobs have been lost in Massachusetts according to the employer survey. From a trough of 3,041,500 in April 2020, Massachusetts has gained 462,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Massachusetts reached a maximum of 3,674,106 in October 2019. 150,079 jobs have been lost in Massachusetts since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 2,851,481, Massachusetts has added 672,546 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through August 2021

Massachusetts Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
August 2021 3,503,500 2,600 3,524,027 2,878
July 2021 3,500,900 41,600 3,521,149 4,922
June 2021 3,459,300 11,200 3,516,227 -2,324
May 2021 3,448,100 9,200 3,518,551 13,715
April 2021 3,438,900 10,200 3,504,836 12,581
March 2021 3,428,700 14,800 3,492,255 14,369
February 2021 3,413,900 19,700 3,477,886 15,936
January 2021 3,394,200 37,900 3,461,950 23,367
December 2020 3,356,300 -8,700 3,438,583 30,337
November 2020 3,365,000 19,400 3,408,246 34,926
October 2020 3,345,600 4,600 3,373,320 42,557
September 2020 3,341,000 22,200 3,330,763 53,157