Department of Numbers

Massachusetts Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Massachusetts fell 0.7 percentage points in November 2020 to 6.7%. The state unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Massachusetts peaked in June 2020 at 17.7% and is now 11.0 percentage points lower. You can also see Massachusetts unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Massachusetts 6.7% -0.7 +3.9

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

Unemployment Rate: Massachusetts, National

Massachusetts monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to November 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Massachusetts Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Massachusetts peaked in June 2020 at 653,906. There are now 412,797 fewer people unemployed in the state. Massachusetts job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Massachusetts 241,109 -25,870 +134,599

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Massachusetts from 1990 to November 2020

Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployed
December 2020 6.7%
November 2020 6.7% 6.7% 241,109
October 2020 6.9% 7.4% 266,979
September 2020 7.8% 9.8% 368,925
August 2020 8.4% 11.4% 403,441
July 2020 10.2% 16.2% 594,255
June 2020 11.1% 17.7% 653,906
May 2020 13.3% 16.6% 586,460
April 2020 14.8% 16.2% 552,934
March 2020 4.4% 2.8% 106,920
February 2020 3.5% 2.8% 106,572
January 2020 3.5% 2.8% 106,249