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Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, Massachusetts Job Growth

There were 2,702,600 jobs in Boston, Massachusetts in November 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 2,635,553 employed persons for the month. Boston added 10,900 jobs in November 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 9,547 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Boston job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 2,702,600 +10,900 +139,700
CPS 2,635,553 +9,547 +89,040

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 2,847,800. Since then 145,200 jobs have been lost in Boston according to the employer survey. From a trough of 2,331,900 in April 2020, Boston has gained 370,700 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 2,741,699 for Boston in November 2019. 106,146 jobs have been lost in Boston since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 2,130,406, Boston has added 505,147 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2021

Boston, Massachusetts Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2021 2,702,600 10,900 2,635,553 9,547
October 2021 2,691,700 17,900 2,626,006 4,994
September 2021 2,673,800 8,000 2,621,012 6,839
August 2021 2,665,800 7,800 2,614,173 5,886
July 2021 2,658,000 25,800 2,608,287 3,923
June 2021 2,632,200 10,800 2,604,364 3,323
May 2021 2,621,400 5,700 2,601,041 7,916
April 2021 2,615,700 6,300 2,593,125 5,402
March 2021 2,609,400 7,700 2,587,723 5,733
February 2021 2,601,700 16,600 2,581,990 8,913
January 2021 2,585,100 23,900 2,573,077 11,620
December 2020 2,561,200 -1,700 2,561,457 14,944