LABOR FORCE, EMPLOYMENT, UNEMPLOYMENT Massachusetts and Workforce Investment Areas (Data not seasonally adjusted)
data type
month
Labor Force
Oct 2017
Labor Force
Sep 2017
Labor Force
Oct 2016
Employment
Oct 2017
Employment
Sep 2017
Employment
Oct 2016
Unemployment
Oct 2017
Unemployment
Sep 2017
Unemployment
Oct 2016
Rate %
Oct 2017
Rate %
Sep 2017
Rate %
Oct 2016
Massachusetts
3,624,300 3,645,200 3,576,700
3,504,900 3,517,100 3,474,800
119,500 128,000 101,900
3.3 3.5 2.8
Berkshire County WDA
63,452 64,384 63,685
61,099 61,840 61,694
2,353 2,544 1,991
3.7 4.0 3.1
Boston WDA
371,392 372,778 364,893
359,860 360,216 354,975
11,532 12,562 9,918
3.1 3.4 2.7
Bristol County WDA
188,367 189,717 187,570
181,207 182,001 181,398
7,160 7,716 6,172
3.8 4.1 3.3
Brockton WDA
131,068 131,517 129,399
126,256 126,265 125,322
4,812 5,252 4,077
3.7 4.0 3.2
Cape & Islands WDA
127,828 133,837 125,301
123,483 129,417 121,600
4,345 4,420 3,701
3.4 3.3 3.0
Central MA WDA
308,157 309,149 306,513
297,550 297,797 297,329
10,607 11,352 9,184
3.4 3.7 3.0
Franklin/Hampshire WDA
134,645 134,834 133,641
130,717 130,588 130,305
3,928 4,246 3,336
2.9 3.1 2.5
Greater Lowell WDA
152,386 152,840 150,649
147,222 147,393 146,130
5,164 5,447 4,519
3.4 3.6 3.0
Greater New Bedford WDA
114,631 116,164 112,239
109,563 110,722 107,910
5,068 5,442 4,329
4.4 4.7 3.9
Hampden County WDA
222,701 223,014 220,251
212,765 212,318 211,869
9,936 10,696 8,382
4.5 4.8 3.8
Lower Merrimack Valley WDA
182,458 183,687 180,240
175,681 176,469 174,381
6,777 7,218 5,859
3.7 3.9 3.3
Metro North WDA
460,052 461,297 452,381
447,618 448,043 441,766
12,434 13,254 10,615
2.7 2.9 2.3
Metro South/West WDA
513,398 515,513 505,905
499,358 500,505 494,401
14,040 15,008 11,504
2.7 2.9 2.3
North Central WDA
132,844 133,516 131,380
128,238 128,562 127,437
4,606 4,954 3,943
3.5 3.7 3.0
North Shore WDA
228,491 229,467 225,349
221,294 221,723 219,091
7,197 7,744 6,258
3.1 3.4 2.8
South Shore WDA
292,455 293,447 287,344
282,953 283,267 279,211
9,502 10,180 8,133
3.2 3.5 2.8