Department of Numbers

Massachusetts Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Massachusetts rose 0.2 percentage points in September 2021 to 5.2%. The state unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Massachusetts peaked in April 2020 at 16.4% and is now 11.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.9% in June 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also see Massachusetts unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate September 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% -0.4 -3.0
Massachusetts 5.2% +0.2 -3.7

Unemployment Rate: Massachusetts, National

Massachusetts monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to September 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Massachusetts Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Massachusetts peaked in April 2020 at 558,382. There are now 365,524 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 180,418 in July 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 12,440. Massachusetts job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Massachusetts 192,858 +7,465 -131,601

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Massachusetts from 1990 to September 2021

Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployed
September 2021 4.8% 5.2% 192,858
August 2021 5.2% 5.0% 185,393
July 2021 5.4% 4.9% 180,418
June 2021 5.9% 4.9% 180,511
May 2021 5.8% 5.0% 183,527
April 2021 6.1% 6.4% 240,836
March 2021 6.0% 6.7% 252,157
February 2021 6.2% 7.0% 262,926
January 2021 6.3% 7.8% 294,770
December 2020 6.7% 8.4% 314,487
November 2020 6.7% 8.4% 313,308
October 2020 6.9% 8.5% 315,007