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Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Boston fell 0.0 percentage points in August 2019 to 2.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Massachusetts rate. The unemployment rate in Boston peaked in November 2009 at 8.1% and is now 5.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.6% in July 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Boston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Massachusetts 2.9% 0.0 -0.4
Boston 2.6% 0.0 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Boston, Massachusetts, National

Boston, Massachusetts monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Boston, Massachusetts Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Boston peaked in December 2009 at 203,463. There are now 129,737 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Boston employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Boston, Massachusetts) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Boston 73,726 -419 -9,249

Number of Unemployed Persons

Boston, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Boston
Unemployment Rate
Boston
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 2.9%
August
2019
3.7% 2.9% 2.6% 73,726
July
2019
3.7% 2.9% 2.6% 74,145
June
2019
3.7% 3.0% 2.7% 75,963
May
2019
3.6% 3.0% 2.7% 76,676
April
2019
3.6% 2.9% 2.7% 75,501
March
2019
3.8% 3.0% 2.7% 76,363
February
2019
3.8% 3.0% 2.7% 77,148
January
2019
4.0% 3.1% 2.8% 79,071
December
2018
3.9% 3.1% 2.8% 79,746
November
2018
3.7% 3.1% 2.8% 79,544
October
2018
3.8% 3.1% 2.8% 79,711

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.