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
Location Labor Force Employment Unemployment Rate
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Massachusetts 3,573,200 3,581,800 3,560,300 3,437,800 3,443,900 3,386,100 135,400 137,900 174,200 3.8 % 3.8 % 4.9 %
Berkshire County WDA 65,066 64,449 64,864 62,230 61,407 61,411 2,836 3,042 3,453 4.4 % 4.7 % 5.3 %
Boston WDA 359,754 361,173 357,060 346,714 348,680 340,498 13,040 12,493 16,562 3.6 % 3.5 % 4.6 %
Bristol County WDA 187,927 188,637 188,000 179,804 179,914 177,307 8,123 8,723 10,693 4.3 % 4.6 % 5.7 %
Brockton WDA 130,191 131,478 128,966 124,693 125,872 121,958 5,498 5,606 7,008 4.2 % 4.3 % 5.4 %
Cape & Islands WDA 127,412 122,627 127,474 121,950 116,185 120,385 5,462 6,442 7,089 4.3 % 5.3 % 5.6 %
Central MA WDA 308,006 307,920 306,699 295,920 295,642 290,981 12,086 12,278 15,718 3.9 % 4.0 % 5.1 %
Franklin/Hampshire WDA 134,066 134,576 134,541 129,265 129,811 128,597 4,801 4,765 5,944 3.6 % 3.5 % 4.4 %
Greater Lowell WDA 150,185 150,206 149,060 144,179 144,141 141,406 6,006 6,065 7,654 4.0 % 4.0 % 5.1 %
Greater New Bedford WDA 113,016 113,182 113,349 107,476 107,235 106,065 5,540 5,947 7,284 4.9 % 5.3 % 6.4 %
Hampden County WDA 219,804 221,504 221,202 208,474 209,901 206,685 11,330 11,603 14,517 5.2 % 5.2 % 6.6 %
Lower Merrimack Valley WDA 180,697 181,058 179,644 173,091 173,284 169,677 7,606 7,774 9,967 4.2 % 4.3 % 5.5 %
Metro North WDA 449,207 451,631 446,554 435,584 438,355 428,788 13,623 13,276 17,766 3.0 % 2.9 % 4.0 %
Metro South/West WDA 503,498 505,973 501,027 488,381 491,014 481,694 15,117 14,959 19,333 3.0 % 3.0 % 3.9 %
North Central WDA 132,130 132,474 131,717 126,838 126,942 124,843 5,292 5,532 6,874 4.0 % 4.2 % 5.2 %
North Shore WDA 225,371 226,212 224,886 217,045 217,789 214,262 8,326 8,423 10,624 3.7 % 3.7 % 4.7 %
South Shore WDA 286,866 288,729 285,247 276,162 277,760 271,576 10,704 10,969 13,671 3.7 % 3.8 % 4.8 %