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Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Boston fell 0.0 percentage points in November 2022 to 2.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Massachusetts rate. The unemployment rate in Boston peaked in April 2020 at 16.3% and is now 13.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.9% in October 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Boston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% -0.1 -0.6
Massachusetts 3.4% -0.1 -1.4
Boston 2.9% 0.0 -1.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2022 data as December 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 April 2020 at 421,228. There are now 339,089 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Boston employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Boston, Massachusetts) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Boston 82,139 -187 -41,824

Number of Unemployed Persons

Boston, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Boston
Unemployment Rate
Boston
Unemployed
December
2022
3.5%
November
2022
3.6% 3.4% 2.9% 82,139
October
2022
3.7% 3.5% 2.9% 82,326
September
2022
3.5% 3.4% 3.0% 82,706
August
2022
3.7% 3.6% 3.0% 84,805
July
2022
3.5% 3.5% 3.1% 86,563
June
2022
3.6% 3.7% 3.3% 91,445
May
2022
3.6% 3.9% 3.5% 96,711
April
2022
3.6% 4.1% 3.6% 101,340
March
2022
3.6% 4.3% 3.8% 106,825
February
2022
3.8% 4.7% 4.0% 113,314
January
2022
4.0% 4.8% 4.3% 120,024

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.