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Labor Force, Employment and Unemployment

Massachusetts and Workforce Development Areas

(Data not seasonally adjusted)
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Massachusetts 3,789,500 3,751,400 3,642,300 3,662,700 3,628,200 3,507,300 126,900 123,200 135,000 3.3 % 3.3 % 3.7 %
Berkshire County WDA 65,785 64,426 64,312 63,108 61,631 61,513 2,677 2,795 2,799 4.1 % 4.3 % 4.4 %
Boston WDA 388,616 384,567 372,956 376,602 373,932 359,913 12,014 10,635 13,043 3.1 % 2.8 % 3.5 %
Bristol County WDA 198,497 196,899 191,255 190,748 188,973 183,059 7,749 7,926 8,196 3.9 % 4.0 % 4.3 %
Brockton WDA 136,806 136,158 131,796 131,791 131,313 126,327 5,015 4,845 5,469 3.7 % 3.6 % 4.1 %
Cape & Islands WDA 133,208 125,895 126,924 127,967 119,922 121,591 5,241 5,973 5,333 3.9 % 4.7 % 4.2 %
Central MA WDA 324,785 322,231 312,124 313,377 311,159 300,101 11,408 11,072 12,023 3.5 % 3.4 % 3.9 %
Franklin/Hampshire WDA 140,838 140,225 136,073 136,492 135,964 131,448 4,346 4,261 4,625 3.1 % 3.0 % 3.4 %
Greater Lowell WDA 160,707 159,692 154,182 155,326 154,491 148,442 5,381 5,201 5,740 3.3 % 3.3 % 3.7 %
Greater New Bedford WDA 118,005 116,743 114,315 112,635 111,373 108,705 5,370 5,370 5,610 4.6 % 4.6 % 4.9 %
Hampden County WDA 230,676 229,682 222,597 220,044 219,444 211,668 10,632 10,238 10,929 4.6 % 4.5 % 4.9 %
Lower Merrimack Valley WDA 192,308 190,029 183,870 185,056 183,001 176,173 7,252 7,028 7,697 3.8 % 3.7 % 4.2 %
Metro North WDA 480,140 475,948 460,590 467,348 464,035 446,635 12,792 11,913 13,955 2.7 % 2.5 % 3.0 %
Metro South/West WDA 535,375 530,943 514,453 520,821 516,957 498,786 14,554 13,986 15,667 2.7 % 2.6 % 3.0 %
North Central WDA 140,660 139,637 135,107 135,713 134,657 129,809 4,947 4,980 5,298 3.5 % 3.6 % 3.9 %
North Shore WDA 238,410 236,007 229,335 230,809 228,623 221,310 7,601 7,384 8,025 3.2 % 3.1 % 3.5 %
South Shore WDA 304,717 302,299 292,406 294,818 292,711 281,784 9,899 9,588 10,622 3.2 % 3.2 % 3.6 %
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