LABOR FORCE, EMPLOYMENT, UNEMPLOYMENT Massachusetts and Workforce Investment Areas (Data not seasonally adjusted)
data type
month
Labor Force
Aug 2017
Labor Force
Jul 2017
Labor Force
Aug 2016
Employment
Aug 2017
Employment
Jul 2017
Employment
Aug 2016
Unemployment
Aug 2017
Unemployment
Jul 2017
Unemployment
Aug 2016
Rate %
Aug 2017
Rate %
Jul 2017
Rate %
Aug 2016
Massachusetts
3,712,200 3,738,500 3,622,600
3,573,100 3,575,500 3,499,600
139,100 163,000 123,000
3.7 4.4 3.4
Berkshire County WDA
66,757 67,711 65,963
64,079 64,633 63,632
2,678 3,078 2,331
4.0 4.5 3.5
Boston WDA
378,345 381,405 368,106
364,656 365,271 355,898
13,689 16,134 12,208
3.6 4.2 3.3
Bristol County WDA
192,808 193,787 188,641
184,275 183,886 180,984
8,533 9,901 7,657
4.4 5.1 4.1
Brockton WDA
133,229 134,515 129,713
127,413 127,633 124,612
5,816 6,882 5,101
4.4 5.1 3.9
Cape & Islands WDA
147,659 148,948 144,550
142,956 143,544 140,385
4,703 5,404 4,165
3.2 3.6 2.9
Central MA WDA
312,777 314,974 307,272
300,281 300,251 296,098
12,496 14,723 11,174
4.0 4.7 3.6
Franklin/Hampshire WDA
135,987 136,824 134,035
131,249 130,993 129,745
4,738 5,831 4,290
3.5 4.3 3.2
Greater Lowell WDA
155,560 156,923 152,585
149,561 149,905 147,095
5,999 7,018 5,490
3.9 4.5 3.6
Greater New Bedford WDA
119,583 120,470 115,524
113,776 113,735 110,380
5,807 6,735 5,144
4.9 5.6 4.5
Hampden County WDA
223,496 225,430 219,284
211,619 211,506 208,858
11,877 13,924 10,426
5.3 6.2 4.8
Lower Merrimack Valley WDA
187,242 188,402 182,541
179,505 179,572 175,668
7,737 8,830 6,873
4.1 4.7 3.8
Metro North WDA
468,220 471,059 454,969
453,945 454,460 442,574
14,275 16,599 12,395
3.0 3.5 2.7
Metro South/West WDA
524,002 527,109 509,858
507,906 508,036 496,099
16,096 19,073 13,759
3.1 3.6 2.7
North Central WDA
135,787 136,439 132,617
130,224 129,875 127,637
5,563 6,564 4,980
4.1 4.8 3.8
North Shore WDA
232,643 234,284 227,101
224,455 224,740 219,723
8,188 9,544 7,378
3.5 4.1 3.2
South Shore WDA
298,118 300,205 289,879
287,242 287,459 280,213
10,876 12,746 9,666
3.6 4.2 3.3