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 3,584,900 3,590,200 3,558,000 3,487,000 3,471,400 3,399,000 97,900 118,800 159,000 2.7 % 3.3 % 4.5 %
Berkshire County WDA 64,571 64,929 64,900 62,643 62,626 61,725 1,928 2,303 3,175 3.0 % 3.5 % 4.9 %
Boston WDA 361,781 361,653 358,413 352,304 350,179 343,157 9,477 11,474 15,256 2.6 % 3.2 % 4.3 %
Bristol County WDA 188,798 189,249 187,740 182,851 181,944 178,063 5,947 7,305 9,677 3.1 % 3.9 % 5.2 %
Brockton WDA 130,022 129,905 129,567 126,110 125,030 123,240 3,912 4,875 6,327 3.0 % 3.8 % 4.9 %
Cape & Islands WDA 126,766 132,690 125,913 123,191 128,540 119,799 3,575 4,150 6,114 2.8 % 3.1 % 4.9 %
Central MA WDA 308,568 308,483 305,320 299,744 297,708 291,096 8,824 10,775 14,224 2.9 % 3.5 % 4.7 %
Franklin/Hampshire WDA 134,342 133,890 133,049 131,128 129,933 127,751 3,214 3,957 5,298 2.4 % 3.0 % 4.0 %
Greater Lowell WDA 149,758 150,082 148,784 145,426 144,801 141,780 4,332 5,281 7,004 2.9 % 3.5 % 4.7 %
Greater New Bedford WDA 112,377 113,523 112,740 108,229 108,476 106,034 4,148 5,047 6,706 3.7 % 4.4 % 5.9 %
Hampden County WDA 220,810 220,439 220,429 212,760 210,477 207,256 8,050 9,962 13,173 3.6 % 4.5 % 6.0 %
Lower Merrimack Valley WDA 180,639 181,147 180,106 175,025 174,359 170,781 5,614 6,788 9,325 3.1 % 3.7 % 5.2 %
Metro North WDA 452,948 451,803 448,105 442,761 439,673 431,670 10,187 12,130 16,435 2.2 % 2.7 % 3.7 %
Metro South/West WDA 506,797 505,682 501,209 495,750 492,386 483,504 11,047 13,296 17,705 2.2 % 2.6 % 3.5 %
North Central WDA 132,102 132,119 130,843 128,310 127,470 124,615 3,792 4,649 6,228 2.9 % 3.5 % 4.8 %
North Shore WDA 226,215 226,247 225,077 220,204 218,955 215,294 6,011 7,292 9,783 2.7 % 3.2 % 4.3 %
South Shore WDA 288,396 288,334 285,784 280,583 278,840 273,234 7,813 9,494 12,550 2.7 % 3.3 % 4.4 %