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Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Boston rose 0.2 percentage points in May 2020 to 15.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the Massachusetts rate. The unemployment rate for Boston in May 2020 is at a new high. You can also compare Boston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Massachusetts 16.6% +0.4 +13.7
Boston 15.9% +0.2 +13.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 in May 2020 is at a new high of 415,225. Boston employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Boston, Massachusetts) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Boston 415,225 +17,638 +339,689

Number of Unemployed Persons

Boston, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Boston
Unemployment Rate
Boston
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 17.4%
May
2020
13.3% 16.6% 15.9% 415,225
April
2020
14.7% 16.2% 15.7% 397,587
March
2020
4.4% 2.8% 2.6% 72,000
February
2020
3.5% 2.8% 2.5% 71,961
January
2020
3.6% 2.8% 2.5% 71,301
December
2019
3.5% 2.8% 2.5% 70,021
November
2019
3.5% 2.8% 2.5% 70,472
October
2019
3.6% 2.8% 2.5% 71,113
September
2019
3.5% 2.8% 2.5% 71,810
August
2019
3.7% 2.8% 2.6% 72,570

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.