MASSACHUSETTS DIVISION OF UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE
Massachusetts Labor Force Data and National Unemployment Rate

(Unemployment Rates in percent)

2016 - Seasonally Adjusted
Month Working Age Population Labor Force Employed Unemployed Massachusetts Rate National Rate
January
5524800
3563200
3396800
166400
4.7
4.9
February
5528000
3570000
3411100
159000
4.5
4.9
March
5531600
3581400
3425600
155800
4.4
5.0
April
5535300
3596800
3444600
152300
4.2
5.0
May
5539200
3602000
3451700
150400
4.2
4.7
June
5543500
3599900
3450300
149700
4.2
4.9
July
5547900
3604600
3458500
146100
4.1
4.9
August
5552300
3610500
3468800
141700
3.9
4.9

2016 - Seasonally Unadjusted
Month Working Age Population Labor Force Employed Unemployed Massachusetts Rate National Rate
January
5524800
3535200
3361000
174300
4.9
5.3
February
5528000
3551300
3385700
165600
4.7
5.2
March
5531600
3572700
3407700
165000
4.6
5.1
April
5535300
3581800
3443900
137900
3.8
4.7
May
5539200
3573500
3437800
135700
3.8
4.5
June
5543500
3635100
3479500
155600
4.3
5.1
July
5547900
3670300
3521800
148500
4.0
5.1
August
5552300
3669700
3530100
139600
3.8
5.0

Note: Labor force estimates are based upon time series models that use a combination of data from the Current Population Survey (CPS), the Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey and the Unemployment Insurance (UI) system. They also include seasonal and trend components.
Source: Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance; U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.