LAUS Data Tool Help

This page is designed to assist users in viewing and downloading Labor Force and Unemployment Data using the data tool that allows you to customize your search.
There are three standard selections (and one optional selection) to help you narrow the criteria for your search. This page will guide you through the steps to narrow down the information to be viewed.

You must follow the selection steps in order.
  • After you make a selection, the next drop-down box will become available for you to make your next selection.
  • You will notice that the page will reload after each selection has been made and the options for the next drop-down menu will appear.
  • Once all selections have been made, options for viewing and downloading the data will become available.
This Help Page explains the process in greater detail and provides information about the selection options.

The following data will be included in the view page or download:
  • Working Age Population (for state only)
  • Labor Force
  • Number Employed
  • Number Unemployed
  • Area Unemployment Rate
  • Comparison to either State or National Unemployment Rate
This information will be made available for multiple time frames.
See below for detailed help on each of the Steps in the data selection tool.

Step 1: Select Geography
The Select Geography tab is your first key to accessing Labor Force and Unemployment Rates through the data tool. You must select a Geography before continuing to any of the other Steps. Once you have chosen a Geography, Step 2 will be available to you.
  • State: Massachusetts
  • Metropolitan New England City and Town Statistical Areas (NECTA): Areas as determined by the U.S. Census after the 2000 census.
  • Metropolitan NECTA Divisions: Divisions within the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH Metropolitan NECTA determined by the U.S. Census after the 2000 census.
  • Micropolitan NECTA: Areas as determined by the U.S. Census after the 2000 census.
    Detailed information about new area definitions is available from the Census Bureau at About Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas.
  • Labor Market Areas: Central city or cities and surrounding territory within commuting distance
  • Workforce Investment Areas: Geographic areas created for the purpose of administering and delivering workforce development services including employment and training-related services
  • City or Town
  • County


Step 2: Select the Specific Geographic Area
The selection options in this tab will change based on what Geography you chose in the Step 1. If you chose ‘State’ in Step 1, ‘Massachusetts’ will automatically be selected for you.
For all Geographies besides City or Town, you may only choose one Area at a time or ‘All Subsets for Selected Geography.’ For City or Town you may choose multiple areas: it is suggested that you do not select more than 10 areas at one time.

Step 3: Select the Time Frame
Once you have selected a Specific Geographic Area, this box will become available so you may select a time period. The choices are: Most Recent Month, Most Recent 13 Months, and Calendar Year by Month. The Most Recent Month is not necessarily the current month or last month: it is the most recent month for which data exists in the records and is publicly available.
If you select Calendar Year by Month, another box will appear that allows you to choose the year(s) for which you would like to see data. You may select more than one year by holding down the ‘ctrl’ key.

Step 4: Select Adjusted Data (if applicable)
The Select Adjusted Data buttons will only become available if you chose to view data for a State and both seasonally and not seasonally adjusted data exist for the previously selected criteria. You will be given the choice to view either seasonally adjusted data or not seasonally adjusted data. For all other areas, only not seasonally adjusted data is available.
Viewing and Downloading Data
Options for viewing and downloading data will only be made available once you have progressed through all steps. There are three ways in which to view the data:
  • HTML: A new browser window will open and display the data. From this page, you may ‘Print’ the page to your default printer. When you close this window, you will be returned to the data tool. All your selection criteria will remain selected, so you can then choose to download the data after viewing it.
  • Microsoft Excel: If you select this option, you can choose to save the Excel file to a location on your hard drive or to simply view it in your browser (from which you can save it to your hard drive, if you choose). Formatting will be preserved when you save it in Excel.
  • Comma Separated Value (.CSV): This file can be imported to any number of spreadsheet and database programs as well as a text program (such as Notepad). The delineator is a comma. This file is data only: formatting is not preserved.


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