Department of Numbers

Massachusetts Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Massachusetts fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.0%. The state unemployment rate was 0.8 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 5.8 percentage points lower. You can also see Massachusetts unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Massachusetts 3.0% -0.1 -0.6

Unemployment Rate: Massachusetts, National

Massachusetts monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to February 2019

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Massachusetts Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Massachusetts peaked in January 2010 at 304,530. There are now 189,099 fewer people unemployed in the state. Massachusetts job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Massachusetts 115,431 -3,064 -19,004

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Massachusetts from 1990 to February 2019

Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployed
February 2019 3.8% 3.0% 115,431
January 2019 4.0% 3.1% 118,495
December 2018 3.9% 3.1% 119,697
November 2018 3.7% 3.1% 119,400
October 2018 3.8% 3.1% 119,673
September 2018 3.7% 3.2% 121,814
August 2018 3.8% 3.3% 124,647
July 2018 3.9% 3.3% 127,602
June 2018 4.0% 3.4% 130,114
May 2018 3.8% 3.5% 131,826
April 2018 3.9% 3.5% 133,058
March 2018 4.0% 3.5% 133,908