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Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, Massachusetts Job Growth

There were 2,795,000 jobs in Boston, Massachusetts in July 2019 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 2,761,177 employed persons for the month. Boston lost 1,000 jobs in July 2019 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 704 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Boston job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 2,795,000 -1,000 +22,100
CPS 2,761,177 -704 +27,242

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 June 2019 at 2,796,000. Since then 1,000 jobs have been lost in Boston according to the employer survey.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 2,762,217 for Boston in May 2019. 1,040 jobs have been lost in Boston since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through July 2019

Boston, Massachusetts Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
July 2019 2,795,000 -1,000 2,761,177 -704
June 2019 2,796,000 1,400 2,761,881 -336
May 2019 2,794,600 4,000 2,762,217 507
April 2019 2,790,600 1,100 2,761,710 -32
March 2019 2,789,500 2,100 2,761,742 2,588
February 2019 2,787,400 5,500 2,759,154 5,164
January 2019 2,781,900 10,800 2,753,990 6,151
December 2018 2,771,100 -2,900 2,747,839 -576
November 2018 2,774,000 3,400 2,748,415 110
October 2018 2,770,600 -3,300 2,748,305 3,573
September 2018 2,773,900 200 2,744,732 5,076
August 2018 2,773,700 800 2,739,656 5,721