Department of Numbers

Massachusetts Job Growth

There were 3,448,100 jobs in Massachusetts in May 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 3,518,579 employed persons for the month. Massachusetts added 9,200 jobs in May 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 13,743 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Massachusetts job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 3,448,100 +9,200 +357,700
CPS 3,518,579 +13,743 +462,146

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 285,300 jobs have been lost in Massachusetts according to the employer survey. From a trough of 3,041,500 in April 2020, Massachusetts has gained 406,600 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Massachusetts reached a maximum of 3,674,106 in October 2019. 155,527 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 667,098 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2021

Massachusetts Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2021 3,448,100 9,200 3,518,579 13,743
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
August 2020 3,318,800 70,300 3,277,606 64,376
July 2020 3,248,500 83,800 3,213,230 74,531
June 2020 3,164,700 74,300 3,138,699 82,266