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Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Boston fell 0.1 percentage points in November 2021 to 4.9%. 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 15.9% and is now 11.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Boston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Massachusetts 5.4% +0.1 -3.0
Boston 4.9% -0.1 -3.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 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 May 2020 at 405,458. There are now 270,564 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 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Boston 134,894 -2,792 -84,840

Number of Unemployed Persons

Boston, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Boston
Unemployment Rate
Boston
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 5.4% 4.9% 134,894
October
2021
4.6% 5.3% 5.0% 137,686
September
2021
4.7% 5.2% 5.0% 139,230
August
2021
5.2% 5.0% 5.2% 144,741
July
2021
5.4% 4.9% 5.4% 150,204
June
2021
5.9% 4.9% 5.4% 147,709
May
2021
5.8% 5.0% 5.2% 143,663
April
2021
6.0% 6.4% 6.2% 171,247
March
2021
6.0% 6.7% 6.6% 181,739
February
2021
6.2% 7.0% 7.0% 194,116
January
2021
6.4% 7.8% 7.4% 206,624

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.