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Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Boston fell 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.0%. 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 December 2009 at 8.1% and is now 5.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Boston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Massachusetts 3.5% -0.1 0.0
Boston 3.0% -0.1 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 118,529 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 82,495 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,667. Boston employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Boston, Massachusetts) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Boston 85,162 -1,345 -1,106

Number of Unemployed Persons

Boston, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Boston
Unemployment Rate
Boston
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.5% 3.0% 85,162
September
2018
3.7% 3.6% 3.1% 86,507
August
2018
3.9% 3.6% 3.3% 93,659
July
2018
3.9% 3.6% 3.3% 94,294
June
2018
4.0% 3.5% 3.3% 91,414
May
2018
3.8% 3.5% 3.1% 87,926
April
2018
3.9% 3.5% 3.2% 88,584
March
2018
4.1% 3.5% 3.2% 88,777
February
2018
4.1% 3.5% 3.2% 86,773
January
2018
4.1% 3.5% 3.1% 82,495
December
2017
4.1% 3.5% 3.1% 83,171

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.