Massachusetts Monthly Employment Statistics

  • 401,196 employed workers
  • 3,144,563 unemployed workers
  • 11.3% unemployment rate

Workforce Data

The total employment for Massachusetts is 3,294,200, which is 51,600 greater than last month, an increase of 1.59%. The total employment a year ago was 3,682,400, which is -388,200 greater than today. Employment has decreased by 10.54% in the last year. Last months' total employment data was updated but changed less than 0.05%, a fairly insignificant amount. Last months total employment was revised to 3,243 from 3,243.

The Health and Education Services sectors are the leading employers in Massachusetts. There are 752,400 employees in the sector. Last month the sector had 735,000 employees last month, an increase of 17,400 (2.37%). Last year the sector had 815,900 employees last year, a decrease of 63,500 (7.78%).

The chart below illustrates the total monthly employment:

Unemployment Rate

The unemployment rate decreased in July, 2019 from 16.2% to this months' 11.3%. A year ago the unemployment rate was 2.9%, 8.4% higher today. The total workforce in July, 2019 was 3,545,759, which is 3.5% lower than last months 3,673,375 and is 3.3% lower than last months 3,837,444. The total number of unemployed in Massachusetts is 3,144,563 as compared to the revised figure from last month of 3,079,120 and 3,726,754 unemployed a year ago.

The chart below illustrates the change in the unemployment rate over the last year in Massachusetts:






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This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & HomeGearWorks.com. Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.