Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development
Department of Unemployment Assistance

Labor Force, Employment and Unemployment

Massachusetts and Workforce Development Areas

(Data not seasonally adjusted)
CSV of this data
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Massachusetts 3,587,900 3,579,800 3,554,600 3,487,800 3,488,200 3,392,200 100,100 91,500 162,400 2.8 % 2.6 % 4.6 %
Berkshire County WDA 64,509 64,097 65,537 62,271 62,210 61,980 2,238 1,887 3,557 3.5 % 2.9 % 5.4 %
Boston WDA 363,081 362,063 357,640 354,020 353,416 343,191 9,061 8,647 14,449 2.5 % 2.4 % 4.0 %
Bristol County WDA 188,131 188,384 188,090 181,956 182,898 177,984 6,175 5,486 10,106 3.3 % 2.9 % 5.4 %
Brockton WDA 130,872 130,568 130,048 126,923 126,947 123,576 3,949 3,621 6,472 3.0 % 2.8 % 5.0 %
Cape & Islands WDA 121,409 122,066 121,079 116,238 117,926 112,704 5,171 4,140 8,375 4.3 % 3.4 % 6.9 %
Central MA WDA 308,765 308,363 306,302 299,853 300,193 291,999 8,912 8,170 14,303 2.9 % 2.6 % 4.7 %
Franklin/Hampshire WDA 134,143 133,778 133,292 130,811 130,738 127,701 3,332 3,040 5,591 2.5 % 2.3 % 4.2 %
Greater Lowell WDA 150,849 150,014 149,502 146,479 146,011 142,357 4,370 4,003 7,145 2.9 % 2.7 % 4.8 %
Greater New Bedford WDA 112,148 111,444 112,980 107,822 107,593 105,863 4,326 3,851 7,117 3.9 % 3.5 % 6.3 %
Hampden County WDA 221,067 220,229 220,333 212,625 212,652 206,433 8,442 7,577 13,900 3.8 % 3.4 % 6.3 %
Lower Merrimack Valley WDA 180,604 180,533 180,016 174,937 175,321 170,699 5,667 5,212 9,317 3.1 % 2.9 % 5.2 %
Metro North WDA 454,442 453,494 446,764 444,666 444,183 431,063 9,776 9,311 15,701 2.2 % 2.1 % 3.5 %
Metro South/West WDA 508,431 507,314 500,078 497,579 497,137 482,896 10,852 10,177 17,182 2.1 % 2.0 % 3.4 %
North Central WDA 132,580 132,219 131,803 128,652 128,701 125,329 3,928 3,518 6,474 3.0 % 2.7 % 4.9 %
North Shore WDA 227,327 226,583 225,224 221,291 220,974 215,241 6,036 5,609 9,983 2.7 % 2.5 % 4.4 %
South Shore WDA 289,604 288,605 285,871 281,728 281,337 273,180 7,876 7,268 12,691 2.7 % 2.5 % 4.4 %