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Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Boston fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2019 to 2.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Massachusetts rate. The unemployment rate in Boston peaked in December 2009 at 8.1% and is now 5.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Boston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Massachusetts 3.0% -0.1 -0.6
Boston 2.6% -0.2 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 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 January 2010 at 203,691. There are now 130,167 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Boston employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Boston, Massachusetts) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Boston 73,524 -6,499 -13,249

Number of Unemployed Persons

Boston, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Boston
Unemployment Rate
Boston
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.0%
February
2019
3.8% 3.0% 2.6% 73,524
January
2019
4.0% 3.1% 2.8% 80,023
December
2018
3.9% 3.1% 2.8% 78,745
November
2018
3.7% 3.1% 2.8% 79,747
October
2018
3.8% 3.1% 3.0% 85,170
September
2018
3.7% 3.2% 3.1% 86,507
August
2018
3.8% 3.3% 3.3% 93,659
July
2018
3.9% 3.3% 3.3% 94,294
June
2018
4.0% 3.4% 3.3% 91,414
May
2018
3.8% 3.5% 3.1% 87,926
April
2018
3.9% 3.5% 3.2% 88,584

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.