Department of Numbers

Massachusetts Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Massachusetts fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2018 to 3.5%. The state unemployment rate was 0.3 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 May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
Massachusetts 3.5% 0.0 -0.3

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

Unemployment Rate: Massachusetts, National

Massachusetts monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 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 173,492 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 127,127 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,911. Massachusetts job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Massachusetts 131,038 +1,017 -9,420

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployed
June 2018 4.0%
May 2018 3.8% 3.5% 131,038
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
October 2017 4.1% 3.5% 128,837
September 2017 4.2% 3.6% 130,787
August 2017 4.4% 3.6% 133,381
July 2017 4.3% 3.7% 136,115