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Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Boston fell 0.2 percentage points in April 2022 to 3.6%. 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 16.3% and is now 12.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Boston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
Massachusetts 4.1% -0.2 -2.2
Boston 3.6% -0.2 -2.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 April 2020 at 421,228. There are now 319,879 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Boston employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Boston, Massachusetts) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Boston 101,349 -5,476 -60,415

Number of Unemployed Persons

Boston, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Boston
Unemployment Rate
Boston
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 4.1% 3.6% 101,349
March
2022
3.6% 4.3% 3.8% 106,825
February
2022
3.8% 4.7% 4.0% 113,314
January
2022
4.0% 4.8% 4.3% 120,024
December
2021
3.9% 4.6% 4.5% 124,577
November
2021
4.2% 4.8% 4.4% 123,963
October
2021
4.6% 5.0% 4.5% 124,606
September
2021
4.7% 5.1% 4.6% 129,416
August
2021
5.2% 5.5% 4.9% 135,890
July
2021
5.4% 5.7% 5.2% 143,014
June
2021
5.9% 6.0% 5.4% 149,713

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.