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Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, Massachusetts Job Growth

There were 2,788,800 jobs in Boston, Massachusetts in February 2019 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 2,776,407 employed persons for the month. Boston added 6,900 jobs in February 2019 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 4,107 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Boston job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 2,788,800 +6,900 +16,300
CPS 2,776,407 +4,107 +133,930

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Boston, Massachusetts Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Boston 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 for Boston, Massachusetts

CES employment for Boston in February 2019 is at a new high of 2,788,800.

CPS employment in February 2019 for Boston is at a new high of 2,776,407.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2019

Boston, Massachusetts Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2019 2,788,800 6,900 2,776,407 4,107
January 2019 2,781,900 10,800 2,772,300 13,728
December 2018 2,771,100 -2,900 2,758,572 9,173
November 2018 2,774,000 3,400 2,749,399 -609
October 2018 2,770,600 -3,300 2,750,008 1,820
September 2018 2,773,900 200 2,748,188 10,306
August 2018 2,773,700 800 2,737,882 4,164
July 2018 2,772,900 -3,600 2,733,718 13,706
June 2018 2,776,500 6,600 2,720,012 10,111
May 2018 2,769,900 3,800 2,709,901 28,189
April 2018 2,766,100 -3,400 2,681,712 23,155
March 2018 2,769,500 -3,000 2,658,557 16,080