Department of Numbers

Massachusetts Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Massachusetts fell 0.4 percentage points in March 2022 to 4.3%. The state unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Massachusetts peaked in April 2020 at 17.1% and is now 12.8 percentage points lower. You can also see Massachusetts unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% -0.2 -2.4
Massachusetts 4.3% -0.4 -2.1

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

Unemployment Rate: Massachusetts, National

Massachusetts monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 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 433,833 fewer people unemployed in the state. Massachusetts job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Massachusetts 160,609 -15,279 -78,050

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployed
April 2022 3.6%
March 2022 3.6% 4.3% 160,609
February 2022 3.8% 4.7% 175,888
January 2022 4.0% 4.8% 180,304
December 2021 3.9% 4.6% 174,196
November 2021 4.2% 4.8% 179,193
October 2021 4.6% 5.0% 187,944
September 2021 4.7% 5.1% 193,252
August 2021 5.2% 5.5% 205,690
July 2021 5.4% 5.7% 212,659
June 2021 5.9% 6.0% 225,136
May 2021 5.8% 5.9% 222,802