Department of Numbers

Massachusetts Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Massachusetts fell 0.1 percentage points in November 2022 to 3.4%. The state unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Massachusetts peaked in April 2020 at 17.1% and is now 13.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.4% in September 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Massachusetts unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate November 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% -0.1 -0.6
Massachusetts 3.4% -0.1 -1.4

Note: All comparisons are made with November data as December state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Massachusetts, National

Massachusetts monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to November 2022

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Massachusetts Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Massachusetts peaked in April 2020 at 594,442. There are now 469,110 fewer people unemployed in the state. Massachusetts job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Massachusetts 125,332 -5,757 -53,861

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Massachusetts from 1990 to November 2022

Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployed
December 2022 3.5%
November 2022 3.6% 3.4% 125,332
October 2022 3.7% 3.5% 131,089
September 2022 3.5% 3.4% 128,983
August 2022 3.7% 3.6% 134,742
July 2022 3.5% 3.5% 130,897
June 2022 3.6% 3.7% 139,218
May 2022 3.6% 3.9% 146,119
April 2022 3.6% 4.1% 153,856
March 2022 3.6% 4.3% 160,483
February 2022 3.8% 4.7% 175,888
January 2022 4.0% 4.8% 180,304