Department of Numbers

Massachusetts Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Massachusetts fell 0.3 percentage points in May 2021 to 6.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Massachusetts peaked in April 2020 at 16.4% and is now 10.3 percentage points lower. You can also see Massachusetts unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Massachusetts 6.1% -0.3 -9.2

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 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Massachusetts Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Massachusetts peaked in April 2020 at 558,382. There are now 329,352 fewer people unemployed in the state. Massachusetts job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Massachusetts 229,030 -11,806 -323,597

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Massachusetts from 1990 to May 2021

Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployed
June 2021 5.9%
May 2021 5.8% 6.1% 229,030
April 2021 6.1% 6.4% 240,836
March 2021 6.0% 6.7% 252,157
February 2021 6.2% 7.0% 262,926
January 2021 6.3% 7.8% 294,770
December 2020 6.7% 8.4% 314,487
November 2020 6.7% 8.4% 313,308
October 2020 6.9% 8.5% 315,007
September 2020 7.8% 8.9% 324,459
August 2020 8.4% 9.3% 336,838
July 2020 10.2% 9.8% 349,876