Massachusetts Employment Statistics

  • 258,393 employers
  • 3,581,813 employees
  • $1,397 average weekly wage
  • The average weekly wage is 26.9% above the national average
  • The cost of living is 33.8% above the national average

For complete coverage and the latest employment statistics as compiled by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, see: Massachusetts Employment Statistics

State Business & Employment Since 2009

  • 45,215 more businesses
  • 446,316 more employees
  • 14.2% increase in total wages
  • $16,380 increase in annual wages per employee
  • 29.1% increase in wages per employee

For our analysis of key data changes for business and employment data since the end of the recession in 2009, see: Massachusetts Employment Growth Since the Recession

Business & Employment by County

County with the Most Businesses: Middlesex County Massachusetts, 53,744
County with the Most Employees: Middlesex County Massachusetts, 812,817
County with Highest Average Hourly Wage: Suffolk County Massachusetts, $1,872
County with Highest Unemployment Rate: Dukes County Massachusetts, 7.7%

For a breakout of business and employment data by county for the state of Massachusetts, see: Massachusetts Employment Statistics by County


For a breakout of occupations across the state of Massachusetts see:Massachusetts Occupational Statistics

Monthly Employment and Unemployment Data

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

Monthly employment, unemployment and wage data for the state of Massachusetts, see: Massachusetts Monthly Employment Data

Quarterly Employment and Unemployment Data

  • 262,144 employers, up 0.7% from 260,277
  • 3,662,359 employees, up 1.0% from 3,627,540
  • $1,511 average weekly wage, up 3.8% from $1,456
  • The average weekly wage is 27.5% above the national average
  • The cost of living is 31.6% above the national average

Quarterly employment statistics for Massachusetts, see: Massachusetts Quarterly Employment Data

Data Sources

About the Writer

This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & 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.