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Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, Massachusetts Job Growth

There were 2,781,300 jobs in Boston, Massachusetts in April 2022 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 2,702,115 employed persons for the month. Boston added 11,100 jobs in April 2022 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 2,983 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Boston job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 2,781,300 +11,100 +140,200
CPS 2,702,115 +2,983 +97,291

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 peaked in February 2020 at 2,851,900. Since then 70,600 jobs have been lost in Boston according to the employer survey. From a trough of 2,336,300 in April 2020, Boston has gained 445,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 2,773,679 for Boston in October 2019. 71,564 jobs have been lost in Boston since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 2,162,825, Boston has added 539,290 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through April 2022

Boston, Massachusetts Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
April 2022 2,781,300 11,100 2,702,115 2,983
March 2022 2,770,200 13,100 2,699,132 10,554
February 2022 2,757,100 18,300 2,688,578 9,225
January 2022 2,738,800 14,100 2,679,353 9,301
December 2021 2,724,700 12,800 2,670,052 -1,003
November 2021 2,711,900 11,200 2,671,055 1,644
October 2021 2,700,700 16,800 2,669,411 9,535
September 2021 2,683,900 2,400 2,659,876 12,744
August 2021 2,681,500 6,200 2,647,132 13,279
July 2021 2,675,300 18,000 2,633,853 12,125
June 2021 2,657,300 11,000 2,621,728 9,184
May 2021 2,646,300 5,200 2,612,544 7,720