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Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, Massachusetts Job Growth

There were 2,799,000 jobs in Boston, Massachusetts in October 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 2,750,232 employed persons for the month. Boston added 3,800 jobs in October 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 2,044 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Boston job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 2,799,000 +3,800 +53,500
CPS 2,750,232 +2,044 +140,979

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 October 2018 is at a new high of 2,799,000.

CPS employment in October 2018 for Boston is at a new high of 2,750,232.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through October 2018

Boston, Massachusetts Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
October 2018 2,799,000 3,800 2,750,232 2,044
September 2018 2,795,200 -1,500 2,748,188 10,306
August 2018 2,796,700 6,000 2,737,882 4,164
July 2018 2,790,700 4,700 2,733,718 13,706
June 2018 2,786,000 8,400 2,720,012 10,111
May 2018 2,777,600 6,900 2,709,901 28,189
April 2018 2,770,700 14,200 2,681,712 23,155
March 2018 2,756,500 1,500 2,658,557 16,080
February 2018 2,755,000 10,500 2,642,477 21,612
January 2018 2,744,500 -4,300 2,620,865 11,497
December 2017 2,748,800 0 2,609,368 985
November 2017 2,748,800 3,300 2,608,383 -870