Department of Numbers

Massachusetts Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Massachusetts fell 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.5%. The state unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Massachusetts peaked in December 2009 at 8.8% and is now 5.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in October 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Massachusetts unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Massachusetts 3.5% -0.1 0.0

Unemployment Rate: Massachusetts, National

Massachusetts monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 2018

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Massachusetts Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Massachusetts peaked in January 2010 at 304,530. There are now 170,462 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 127,127 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 6,941. Massachusetts job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Massachusetts 134,068 -1,735 +5,231

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Massachusetts from 1990 to October 2018

Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployed
October 2018 3.7% 3.5% 134,068
September 2018 3.7% 3.6% 135,803
August 2018 3.9% 3.6% 137,270
July 2018 3.9% 3.6% 135,777
June 2018 4.0% 3.5% 133,409
May 2018 3.8% 3.5% 131,037
April 2018 3.9% 3.5% 130,021
March 2018 4.1% 3.5% 128,752
February 2018 4.1% 3.5% 127,587
January 2018 4.1% 3.5% 127,127
December 2017 4.1% 3.5% 128,878
November 2017 4.1% 3.5% 128,589