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 3,596,900 3,575,000 3,569,400 3,452,800 3,476,100 3,394,100 144,100 98,900 175,400 4.0 % 2.8 % 4.9 %
Berkshire County WDA 64,242 63,756 64,583 61,036 61,561 60,712 3,206 2,195 3,871 5.0 % 3.4 % 6.0 %
Boston WDA 368,361 365,712 362,392 355,963 356,728 347,435 12,398 8,984 14,957 3.4 % 2.5 % 4.1 %
Bristol County WDA 188,663 186,929 188,950 179,076 180,837 177,268 9,587 6,092 11,682 5.1 % 3.3 % 6.2 %
Brockton WDA 130,411 130,062 128,969 124,814 126,156 122,043 5,597 3,906 6,926 4.3 % 3.0 % 5.4 %
Cape & Islands WDA 119,657 119,999 118,813 111,251 114,893 108,610 8,406 5,106 10,203 7.0 % 4.3 % 8.6 %
Central MA WDA 308,199 305,866 307,977 295,327 297,046 292,430 12,872 8,820 15,547 4.2 % 2.9 % 5.0 %
Franklin/Hampshire WDA 133,105 133,380 133,675 128,204 130,090 127,636 4,901 3,290 6,039 3.7 % 2.5 % 4.5 %
Greater Lowell WDA 153,261 151,245 151,300 147,091 146,927 143,785 6,170 4,318 7,515 4.0 % 2.9 % 5.0 %
Greater New Bedford WDA 113,796 112,082 113,293 106,939 107,805 104,969 6,857 4,277 8,324 6.0 % 3.8 % 7.3 %
Hampden County WDA 220,170 220,250 221,740 208,172 211,901 206,806 11,998 8,349 14,934 5.4 % 3.8 % 6.7 %
Lower Merrimack Valley WDA 181,221 179,569 180,650 173,344 173,964 170,950 7,877 5,605 9,700 4.3 % 3.1 % 5.4 %
Metro North WDA 455,908 453,342 448,496 442,393 443,690 432,234 13,515 9,652 16,262 3.0 % 2.1 % 3.6 %
Metro South/West WDA 509,990 506,752 503,389 494,749 496,027 485,351 15,241 10,725 18,038 3.0 % 2.1 % 3.6 %
North Central WDA 133,157 131,715 132,787 127,465 127,833 125,697 5,692 3,882 7,090 4.3 % 2.9 % 5.3 %
North Shore WDA 226,708 226,203 225,454 218,162 220,245 214,803 8,546 5,958 10,651 3.8 % 2.6 % 4.7 %
South Shore WDA 290,964 288,177 286,969 279,665 280,397 273,347 11,299 7,780 13,622 3.9 % 2.7 % 4.7 %