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

Labor Force, Employment and Unemployment

Massachusetts and Workforce Investment Areas

(Data not seasonally adjusted)
CSV of this data
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Massachusetts 3,545,000 3,550,800 3,576,900 3,380,500 3,389,600 3,400,800 164,400 161,200 176,000 4.6 % 4.5 % 4.9 %
Berkshire County WIA 64,704 64,089 66,234 61,092 60,680 62,393 3,612 3,409 3,841 5.6 % 5.3 % 5.8 %
Boston WIA 354,923 356,190 356,708 340,309 341,130 340,962 14,614 15,060 15,746 4.1 % 4.2 % 4.4 %
Bristol County WIA 187,769 187,949 190,063 177,487 178,252 178,810 10,282 9,697 11,253 5.5 % 5.2 % 5.9 %
Brockton WIA 129,798 129,950 130,700 123,256 123,551 123,745 6,542 6,399 6,955 5.0 % 4.9 % 5.3 %
Cape & Islands WIA 121,092 121,789 122,409 112,613 114,346 113,509 8,479 7,443 8,900 7.0 % 6.1 % 7.3 %
Central MA WIA 307,483 307,264 309,738 292,944 293,029 293,897 14,539 14,235 15,841 4.7 % 4.6 % 5.1 %
Franklin/Hampshire WIA 133,078 132,854 134,971 127,423 127,384 128,879 5,655 5,470 6,092 4.2 % 4.1 % 4.5 %
Greater Lowell WIA 148,474 148,740 150,452 141,277 141,597 142,897 7,197 7,143 7,555 4.8 % 4.8 % 5.0 %
Greater New Bedford WIA 112,472 111,788 114,072 105,233 104,906 106,248 7,239 6,882 7,824 6.4 % 6.2 % 6.9 %
Hampden County WIA 221,783 221,545 224,070 207,635 208,191 208,703 14,148 13,354 15,367 6.4 % 6.0 % 6.9 %
Lower Merrimack Valley WIA 177,041 177,463 178,460 167,660 168,186 168,498 9,381 9,277 9,962 5.3 % 5.2 % 5.6 %
Metro North WIA 444,256 446,435 447,096 428,398 430,214 430,246 15,858 16,221 16,850 3.6 % 3.6 % 3.8 %
Metro South/West WIA 499,434 501,694 502,997 482,054 484,023 484,742 17,380 17,671 18,255 3.5 % 3.5 % 3.6 %
North Central WIA 131,082 130,883 133,323 124,520 124,576 126,212 6,562 6,307 7,111 5.0 % 4.8 % 5.3 %
North Shore WIA 225,656 225,650 227,575 215,550 215,682 216,894 10,106 9,968 10,681 4.5 % 4.4 % 4.7 %
South Shore WIA 285,923 286,501 287,979 273,075 273,852 274,216 12,848 12,649 13,763 4.5 % 4.4 % 4.8 %