LABOR FORCE, EMPLOYMENT, UNEMPLOYMENT Massachusetts and Workforce Investment Areas (Data not seasonally adjusted)
data type
month
Labor Force
May 2017
Labor Force
Apr 2017
Labor Force
May 2016
Employment
May 2017
Employment
Apr 2017
Employment
May 2016
Unemployment
May 2017
Unemployment
Apr 2017
Unemployment
May 2016
Rate %
May 2017
Rate %
Apr 2017
Rate %
May 2016
Massachusetts
3,686,700 3,684,300 3,569,600
3,534,100 3,543,700 3,438,400
152,600 140,600 131,200
4.1 3.8 3.7
Berkshire County WDA
64,948 64,553 63,693
61,750 61,400 60,966
3,198 3,153 2,727
4.9 4.9 4.3
Boston WDA
376,818 376,709 363,173
362,099 364,052 350,487
14,719 12,657 12,686
3.9 3.4 3.5
Bristol County WDA
193,429 193,176 187,716
184,190 184,230 179,861
9,239 8,946 7,855
4.8 4.6 4.2
Brockton WDA
133,619 134,211 128,775
127,438 128,553 123,443
6,181 5,658 5,332
4.6 4.2 4.1
Cape & Islands WDA
129,228 124,188 125,306
123,137 117,685 120,045
6,091 6,503 5,261
4.7 5.2 4.2
Central MA WDA
315,804 315,715 306,868
302,130 303,125 295,156
13,674 12,590 11,712
4.3 4.0 3.8
Franklin/Hampshire WDA
136,785 137,575 133,792
131,650 132,738 129,148
5,135 4,837 4,644
3.8 3.5 3.5
Greater Lowell WDA
155,484 155,577 150,611
148,912 149,400 144,789
6,572 6,177 5,822
4.2 4.0 3.9
Greater New Bedford WDA
117,694 116,847 112,401
111,459 110,858 107,038
6,235 5,989 5,363
5.3 5.1 4.8
Hampden County WDA
226,840 228,515 219,996
214,361 216,868 209,012
12,479 11,647 10,984
5.5 5.1 5.0
Lower Merrimack Valley WDA
186,405 186,289 180,806
177,762 178,213 173,422
8,643 8,076 7,384
4.6 4.3 4.1
Metro North WDA
465,422 465,769 449,242
449,750 452,096 436,030
15,672 13,673 13,212
3.4 2.9 2.9
Metro South/West WDA
520,343 520,833 503,554
502,877 505,178 488,896
17,466 15,655 14,658
3.4 3.0 2.9
North Central WDA
135,578 135,870 131,984
129,617 130,168 126,850
5,961 5,702 5,134
4.4 4.2 3.9
North Shore WDA
231,768 231,662 225,503
222,591 223,287 217,447
9,177 8,375 8,056
4.0 3.6 3.6
South Shore WDA
296,515 296,803 286,187
284,409 285,815 275,811
12,106 10,988 10,376
4.1 3.7 3.6