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Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Boston fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 6.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the Massachusetts rate. The unemployment rate in Boston peaked in June 2020 at 16.9% and is now 10.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.3% in November 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Boston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Massachusetts 7.1% -0.7 +4.3
Boston 6.4% -0.1 +3.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March 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 June 2020 at 460,095. There are now 283,348 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 169,115 in November 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 7,632. Boston employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Boston, Massachusetts) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Boston 176,747 -2,407 +104,786

Number of Unemployed Persons

Boston, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Boston
Unemployment Rate
Boston
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 7.1% 6.4% 176,747
January
2021
6.3% 7.8% 6.5% 179,154
December
2020
6.7% 8.4% 6.9% 187,795
November
2020
6.7% 8.4% 6.3% 169,115
October
2020
6.9% 8.5% 7.0% 187,136
September
2020
7.8% 8.9% 9.3% 260,374
August
2020
8.4% 9.3% 10.8% 286,263
July
2020
10.2% 9.8% 15.3% 417,886
June
2020
11.1% 14.8% 16.9% 460,095
May
2020
13.3% 15.3% 16.2% 425,040
April
2020
14.8% 16.4% 15.7% 397,587

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.