Massachusetts Unemployment Rate statistics Massachusetts Unemployment Rate 2014

Massachusetts: Unemployment NumbersUnemployment RatesEmployment NumbersLabor ForceFile Unemployment
Month / YearUnemployment Rate
November, 20108.1% Most recent unemployment rate
October, 20107.6%
September, 20108%
August, 20108.3%
July, 20109.1%
June, 20108.8%
May, 20109.1%
April, 20109.1%
March, 20109.3%
February, 201010%
January, 201010.4%

What is the unemployment rate in Massachusetts?

The current Massachusetts unemployment rate is 8%, with the latest unemployment data collected by the Department of Labor Statistics in November 2010. Massachusetts's unemployment rate has dropped over the last 12 monthes. The average unemployment rate over the last year has been 8.93%.

The Massachusetts unemployment rate reflects the percentage of people living in MA who do not have jobs and have been actively searching for employment for at least four weeks. Unemployment data is collected through a monthly survey of employers and unemployment insurance claims. The MA unemployment rate is not, however, the percentage of Massachusetts residents who are receiving unemployment compensation.

Unemployment Compensation in Massachusetts

Unemployed workers in Massachusetts can apply for unemployment insurance benefits under the Massachusetts state unemployment program at the Massachusetts Unemployment Office. For more information, read about Massachusetts's unemployment benefits.

Historical unemployment rate in Massachusetts

The Bureau of Labor Statistics maintains an archive of historical monthly and yearly statewide unemployment rate numbers for Massachusetts for every year back to 1976. This table contains all unemployment rate statistics available for Massachusetts, arranged from newest to oldest.

MassachusettsUnemployment Rate
Month / YearUnemployment Rate
November, 20108.1%
October, 20107.6%
September, 20108%
August, 20108.3%
July, 20109.1%
June, 20108.8%
May, 20109.1%
April, 20109.1%
March, 20109.3%
February, 201010%
January, 201010.4%
Annual Average, 20098.4%
December, 20099.1%
November, 20098.7%
October, 20098.7%
September, 20099%
August, 20098.6%
July, 20098.8%
June, 20098.7%
May, 20098.1%
April, 20097.5%
March, 20098.2%
February, 20098.1%
January, 20097.9%
Annual Average, 20085.3%
December, 20086.4%
November, 20085.8%
October, 20085.4%
September, 20085.6%
August, 20085.4%
July, 20085.4%
June, 20085.2%
May, 20084.8%
April, 20084.3%
March, 20084.9%
February, 20084.9%
January, 20085.1%
Annual Average, 20074.4%
December, 20074.3%
November, 20073.9%
October, 20073.8%
September, 20074.4%
August, 20074.2%
July, 20074.6%
June, 20074.6%
May, 20074.2%
April, 20074.2%
March, 20074.7%
February, 20075%
January, 20075.4%
Annual Average, 20064.7%
December, 20064.4%
November, 20064.3%
October, 20064.1%
September, 20064.7%
August, 20064.6%
July, 20064.9%
June, 20064.9%
May, 20064.6%
April, 20064.7%
March, 20065.1%
February, 20065.3%
January, 20065.3%
Annual Average, 20054.8%
December, 20054.5%
November, 20054.6%
October, 20054.4%
September, 20054.9%
August, 20054.5%
July, 20054.9%
June, 20054.9%
May, 20054.6%
April, 20054.6%
March, 20055.2%
February, 20055.5%
January, 20055.5%
Annual Average, 20045.2%
December, 20044.6%
November, 20044.5%
October, 20044.5%
September, 20044.9%
August, 20044.9%
July, 20045.3%
June, 20045.5%
May, 20045.1%
April, 20045.1%
March, 20045.9%
February, 20045.9%
January, 20046.3%
Annual Average, 20035.8%
December, 20035.2%
November, 20035.3%
October, 20035.4%
September, 20035.9%
August, 20035.8%
July, 20036%
June, 20036.2%
May, 20035.7%
April, 20035.6%
March, 20036.1%
February, 20036.1%
January, 20036.3%
Annual Average, 20025.3%
December, 20025.3%
November, 20025.2%
October, 20025%
September, 20025.3%
August, 20025.3%
July, 20025.5%
June, 20025.5%
May, 20024.9%
April, 20025%
March, 20025.5%
February, 20025.4%
January, 20025.5%
Annual Average, 20013.7%
December, 20014.3%
November, 20014.2%
October, 20013.9%
September, 20014%
August, 20013.9%
July, 20013.8%
June, 20013.6%
May, 20013.1%
April, 20013.1%
March, 20013.6%
February, 20013.4%
January, 20013.5%
Annual Average, 20002.7%
December, 20002.3%
November, 20002.3%
October, 20002.2%
September, 20002.6%
August, 20002.6%
July, 20002.9%
June, 20002.8%
May, 20002.5%
April, 20002.5%
March, 20003.3%
February, 20003.4%
January, 20003.7%
Annual Average, 19993.3%
December, 19992.6%
November, 19992.6%
October, 19992.6%
September, 19993%
August, 19993.4%
July, 19993.6%
June, 19993.6%
May, 19993.2%
April, 19993.2%
March, 19993.7%
February, 19993.7%
January, 19993.9%
Annual Average, 19983.4%
December, 19982.9%
November, 19982.8%
October, 19982.9%
September, 19983.4%
August, 19983.2%
July, 19983.4%
June, 19983.5%
May, 19983.2%
April, 19983.1%
March, 19984.1%
February, 19984%
January, 19984.3%
Annual Average, 19974.1%
December, 19973.3%
November, 19973.3%
October, 19973.4%
September, 19974%
August, 19974%
July, 19974.2%
June, 19974.3%
May, 19973.9%
April, 19974%
March, 19974.8%
February, 19974.7%
January, 19975.1%
Annual Average, 19964.6%
December, 19963.9%
November, 19963.9%
October, 19963.9%
September, 19964.3%
August, 19964.1%
July, 19964.7%
June, 19964.6%
May, 19964.5%
April, 19964.6%
March, 19965.3%
February, 19965.4%
January, 19965.8%
Annual Average, 19955.5%
December, 19954.7%
November, 19954.7%
October, 19954.8%
September, 19955.3%
August, 19955.4%
July, 19955.7%
June, 19955.6%
May, 19955.3%
April, 19955.6%
March, 19956%
February, 19956.1%
January, 19956.5%
Annual Average, 19946.2%
December, 19945.3%
November, 19945.4%
October, 19945.6%
September, 19946%
August, 19946.1%
July, 19946.3%
June, 19946.3%
May, 19945.9%
April, 19946.2%
March, 19947%
February, 19947.2%
January, 19947.5%
Annual Average, 19937.3%
December, 19936.2%
November, 19936.2%
October, 19936.5%
September, 19936.9%
August, 19936.8%
July, 19937.2%
June, 19937.4%
May, 19937.2%
April, 19937.4%
March, 19938.3%
February, 19938.7%
January, 19939.1%
Annual Average, 19928.8%
December, 19928.1%
November, 19928.1%
October, 19928%
September, 19928.8%
August, 19928.6%
July, 19929%
June, 19929.2%
May, 19928.7%
April, 19928.6%
March, 19929.5%
February, 19929.7%
January, 19929.8%
Annual Average, 19918.8%
December, 19918.7%
November, 19918.6%
October, 19918.6%
September, 19919.1%
August, 19918.9%
July, 19919.1%
June, 19919.1%
May, 19918.8%
April, 19918.4%
March, 19919.1%
February, 19918.9%
January, 19918.7%
Annual Average, 19906.3%
December, 19907.4%
November, 19907%
October, 19906.5%
September, 19906.8%
August, 19906.5%
July, 19906.4%
June, 19906%
May, 19905.8%
April, 19905.7%
March, 19906%
February, 19905.9%
January, 19905.8%
Annual Average, 19894.2%
December, 19894.6%
November, 19894.4%
October, 19894.2%
September, 19894.5%
August, 19894.2%
July, 19894.3%
June, 19894.2%
May, 19893.6%
April, 19893.7%
March, 19894%
February, 19894%
January, 19894.3%
Annual Average, 19883.3%
December, 19883.1%
November, 19883.1%
October, 19882.9%
September, 19883.3%
August, 19883.3%
July, 19883.5%
June, 19883.3%
May, 19883%
April, 19882.9%
March, 19883.6%
February, 19883.7%
January, 19883.9%
Annual Average, 19873.4%
December, 19872.7%
November, 19872.6%
October, 19872.7%
September, 19873.1%
August, 19873%
July, 19873.3%
June, 19873.4%
May, 19873.2%
April, 19873.4%
March, 19874.2%
February, 19874.2%
January, 19874.5%
Annual Average, 19864%
December, 19863.4%
November, 19863.5%
October, 19863.5%
September, 19864.1%
August, 19863.9%
July, 19864.1%
June, 19864.2%
May, 19863.9%
April, 19863.8%
March, 19864.4%
February, 19864.5%
January, 19864.5%
Annual Average, 19854.1%
December, 19853.6%
November, 19853.5%
October, 19853.6%
September, 19854%
August, 19853.9%
July, 19854.3%
June, 19854.3%
May, 19853.9%
April, 19853.9%
March, 19854.6%
February, 19854.6%
January, 19854.9%
Annual Average, 19844.8%
December, 19843.8%
November, 19843.7%
October, 19843.8%
September, 19844.4%
August, 19844.5%
July, 19844.7%
June, 19844.7%
May, 19844.6%
April, 19845%
March, 19845.8%
February, 19846%
January, 19846.6%
Annual Average, 19837%
December, 19835.6%
November, 19835.7%
October, 19836%
September, 19836.6%
August, 19836.6%
July, 19836.8%
June, 19837.3%
May, 19837%
April, 19837.2%
March, 19838.2%
February, 19838.5%
January, 19838.8%
Annual Average, 19828%
December, 19827.9%
November, 19827.7%
October, 19827.6%
September, 19828%
August, 19827.9%
July, 19828.2%
June, 19828.2%
May, 19827.7%
April, 19827.7%
March, 19828.2%
February, 19828.2%
January, 19828.3%
Annual Average, 19816.4%
December, 19817%
November, 19816.7%
October, 19816.4%
September, 19816.7%
August, 19816.3%
July, 19816.4%
June, 19816.5%
May, 19815.9%
April, 19815.7%
March, 19816.4%
February, 19816.4%
January, 19816.7%
Annual Average, 19805.7%
December, 19805.2%
November, 19805.3%
October, 19805.4%
September, 19805.8%
August, 19805.8%
July, 19806.1%
June, 19806.1%
May, 19805.5%
April, 19805.4%
March, 19805.7%
February, 19805.8%
January, 19806.1%
Annual Average, 19795.5%
December, 19794.8%
November, 19794.8%
October, 19794.8%
September, 19795.4%
August, 19795.3%
July, 19795.3%
June, 19795.6%
May, 19795.1%
April, 19795.4%
March, 19796.2%
February, 19796.3%
January, 19796.6%
Annual Average, 19786.2%
December, 19785.6%
November, 19785.4%
October, 19785.2%
September, 19786.1%
August, 19785.9%
July, 19786.4%
June, 19786.2%
May, 19785.8%
April, 19785.9%
March, 19786.9%
February, 19787.1%
January, 19787.6%
Annual Average, 19777.9%
December, 19776.3%
November, 19776.7%
October, 19776.8%
September, 19777.7%
August, 19777.7%
July, 19777.8%
June, 19778.2%
May, 19777.5%
April, 19778%
March, 19779.1%
February, 19779.4%
January, 19779.6%
Annual Average, 19769.8%
December, 19768.5%
November, 19768.6%
October, 19768.6%
September, 19769.3%
August, 19769.3%
July, 19769.8%
June, 19769.9%
May, 19769.4%
April, 197610.1%
March, 197611.2%
February, 197611.5%
January, 197611.9%

Massachusetts Unemployment Rate Graph

This graph plots unemployment rate numbers for Massachusetts over the last 38 years, not adjusted for seasonal shifts in unemployment rate. For other other unemployment rate data visualizations, view more unemployment rate graphs for Massachusetts.

Detailed Unemployment Rate statistics are available for localities in Pennsylvania:

Local unemployment rate data is available back to 1990 for counties, cities, and other combined statistical areas in Massachusetts. Choose a location from the table below for detailed unemployment rate statistics.

Abington Town, MAActon Town, MAAcushnet Town, MAAdams Town, MA
Agawam City, MAAlford Town, MAAmesbury Town, MAAmherst Center, MA Micropolitan NECTA
Amherst Town, MAAndover Town, MAAquinnah Town, MAArlington Town, MA
Ashburnham Town, MAAshby Town, MAAshfield Town, MAAshland Town, MA
Athol Town, MAAthol, MA Micropolitan NECTAAttleboro City, MAAuburn Town, MA
Avon Town, MAAyer Town, MABarnstable County, MABarnstable Town City, MA
Barnstable Town, MA Metropolitan NECTABarre Town, MABecket Town, MABedford Town, MA
Belchertown Town, MABellingham Town, MABelmont Town, MABerkley Town, MA
Berkshire County, MABerlin Town, MABernardston Town, MABeverly City, MA
Billerica Town, MABlackstone Town, MABlandford Town, MABolton Town, MA
Boston City, MABoston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA DivisionBoston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH Metropolitan NECTABoston-Worcester-Manchester, MA-NH-CT-ME Combined NECTA
Bourne Town, MABoxborough Town, MABoxford Town, MABoylston Town, MA
Braintree Town, MABrewster Town, MABridgewater Town, MABrimfield Town, MA
Bristol County, MABrockton City, MABrockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA DivisionBrookfield Town, MA
Brookline Town, MABuckland Town, MABurlington Town, MACambridge City, MA
Canton Town, MACarlisle Town, MACarver Town, MACharlemont Town, MA
Charlemont, MA Adjacent LMACharlton Town, MAChatham Town, MAChelmsford Town, MA
Chelsea City, MACheshire Town, MAChester Town, MAChesterfield Town, MA
Chicopee City, MAChilmark Town, MAClarksburg Town, MAClinton Town, MA
Cohasset Town, MAColrain Town, MAConcord Town, MAConway Town, MA
Cummington Town, MADalton Town, MADanvers Town, MADartmouth Town, MA
Dedham Town, MADeerfield Town, MADennis Town, MADighton Town, MA
Douglas Town, MADover Town, MADracut Town, MADudley Town, MA
Dukes County, MADunstable Town, MADuxbury Town, MAEast Bridgewater Town, MA
East Brookfield Town, MAEast Longmeadow Town, MAEastham Town, MAEasthampton City, MA
Easton Town, MAEdgartown Town, MAEgremont Town, MAErving Town, MA
Essex County, MAEssex Town, MAEverett City, MAFairhaven Town, MA
Fall River City, MAFalmouth Town, MAFitchburg City, MAFlorida Town, MA
Foxborough Town, MAFramingham Town, MAFramingham, MA NECTA DivisionFranklin City, MA
Franklin County, MAFreetown Town, MAGardner City, MAGeorgetown Town, MA
Gill Town, MAGloucester City, MAGoshen Town, MAGosnold Town, MA
Grafton Town, MAGranby Town, MAGranville Town, MAGreat Barrington Town, MA
Great Barrington, MA LMAGreenfield Town, MAGreenfield, MA Micropolitan NECTAGroton Town, MA
Groveland Town, MAHadley Town, MAHalifax Town, MAHamilton Town, MA
Hampden County, MAHampden Town, MAHampshire County, MAHancock Town, MA
Hanover Town, MAHanson Town, MAHardwick Town, MAHarvard Town, MA
Harwich Town, MAHatfield Town, MAHaverhill City, MAHaverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division, MA PartHawley Town, MAHeath Town, MAHingham Town, MA
Hinsdale Town, MAHolbrook Town, MAHolden Town, MAHolland Town, MA
Holliston Town, MAHolyoke City, MAHopedale Town, MAHopkinton Town, MA
Hubbardston Town, MAHudson Town, MAHull Town, MAHuntington Town, MA
Ipswich Town, MAKingston Town, MALakeville Town, MALancaster Town, MA
Lanesborough Town, MALawrence City, MALawrence-Methuen-Salem, MA-NH NECTA DivisionLawrence-Methuen-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division, MA Part
Lee Town, MALeicester Town, MALenox Town, MALeominster City, MA
Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner, MA Metropolitan NECTALeverett Town, MALexington Town, MALeyden Town, MA
Lincoln Town, MALittleton Town, MALongmeadow Town, MALowell City, MA
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA DivisionLowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division, MA PartLudlow Town, MALunenburg Town, MA
Lynn City, MALynnfield Town, MAMalden City, MAManchester-by-the-Sea Town, MA
Mansfield Town, MAMarblehead Town, MAMarion Town, MAMarlborough City, MA
Marshfield Town, MAMashpee Town, MAMattapoisett Town, MAMaynard Town, MA
Medfield Town, MAMedford City, MAMedway Town, MAMelrose City, MA
Mendon Town, MAMerrimac Town, MAMethuen City, MAMiddleborough Town, MA
Middlefield Town, MAMiddlesex County, MAMiddleton Town, MAMilford Town, MA
Millbury Town, MAMillis Town, MAMillville Town, MAMilton Town, MA
Monroe Town, MAMonson Town, MAMontague Town, MAMonterey Town, MA
Montgomery Town, MAMount Washington Town, MANahant Town, MANantucket County/town, MA
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division, MA PartNatick Town, MANeedham Town, MANew Ashford Town, MA
New Bedford City, MANew Bedford, MA Metropolitan NECTANew Braintree Town, MANew Marlborough Town, MA
New Salem Town, MANewbury Town, MANewburyport City, MANewton City, MA
Norfolk County, MANorfolk Town, MANorth Adams City, MANorth Adams, MA-VT Micropolitan NECTA
North Adams, MA-VT Micropolitan NECTA, MA PartNorth Andover Town, MANorth Attleborough Town, MANorth Brookfield Town, MA
North Reading Town, MANorthampton City, MANorthborough Town, MANorthbridge Town, MA
Northfield Town, MANorton Town, MANorwell Town, MANorwood Town, MA
Oak Bluffs Town, MAOakham Town, MAOrange Town, MAOrleans Town, MA
Otis Town, MAOxford Town, MAPalmer Town, MAPaxton Town, MA
Peabody City, MAPeabody, MA NECTA DivisionPelham Town, MAPembroke Town, MA
Pepperell Town, MAPeru Town, MAPetersham Town, MAPhillipston Town, MA
Pittsfield City, MAPittsfield, MA Metropolitan NECTAPittsfield-North Adams, MA-VT Combined NECTAPlainfield Town, MA
Plainville Town, MAPlymouth County, MAPlymouth Town, MAPlympton Town, MA
Princeton Town, MAProvidence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA Metropolitan NECTA, MA PartProvincetown Town, MAQuincy City, MA
Randolph Town, MARaynham Town, MAReading Town, MARehoboth Town, MA
Revere City, MARichmond Town, MARochester Town, MARockland Town, MA
Rockport Town, MARowe Town, MARowley Town, MARoyalston Town, MA
Russell Town, MARutland Town, MASalem City, MASalisbury Town, MA
Sandisfield Town, MASandwich Town, MASaugus Town, MASavoy Town, MA
Scituate Town, MASeekonk Town, MASharon Town, MASheffield Town, MA
Shelburne Town, MASherborn Town, MAShirley Town, MAShrewsbury Town, MA
Shutesbury Town, MASomerset Town, MASomerville City, MASouth Hadley Town, MA
Southampton Town, MASouthborough Town, MASouthbridge Town, MASouthwick Town, MA
Spencer Town, MASpringfield City, MASpringfield, MA-CT Metropolitan NECTASpringfield, MA-CT Metropolitan NECTA, MA Part
Springfield-Amherst Center-Greenfield, MA-CT Combined NECTASterling Town, MAStockbridge Town, MAStoneham Town, MA
Stoughton Town, MAStow Town, MASturbridge Town, MASudbury Town, MA
Suffolk County, MASunderland Town, MASutton Town, MASwampscott Town, MA
Swansea Town, MATaunton City, MATaunton-Norton-Raynham, MA NECTA DivisionTempleton Town, MA
Tewksbury Town, MATisbury Town, MATisbury, MA LMATolland Town, MA
Topsfield Town, MATownsend Town, MATruro Town, MATyngsborough Town, MA
Tyringham Town, MAUpton Town, MAUxbridge Town, MAWakefield Town, MA
Wales Town, MAWalpole Town, MAWaltham City, MAWare Town, MA
Wareham Town, MAWarren Town, MAWarwick Town, MAWashington Town, MA
Watertown City, MAWayland Town, MAWebster Town, MAWellesley Town, MA
Wellfleet Town, MAWendell Town, MAWenham Town, MAWest Boylston Town, MA
West Bridgewater Town, MAWest Brookfield Town, MAWest Newbury Town, MAWest Springfield Town, MA
West Stockbridge Town, MAWest Tisbury Town, MAWestborough Town, MAWestfield City, MA
Westford Town, MAWesthampton Town, MAWestminster Town, MAWeston Town, MA
Westport Town, MAWestwood Town, MAWeymouth Town, MAWhately Town, MA
Whitman Town, MAWilbraham Town, MAWilliamsburg Town, MAWilliamstown Town, MA
Wilmington Town, MAWinchendon Town, MAWinchester Town, MAWindsor Town, MA
Winthrop Town, MAWoburn City, MAWorcester City, MAWorcester County, MA
Worcester, MA-CT Metropolitan NECTAWorcester, MA-CT Metropolitan NECTA, MA PartWorthington Town, MAWrentham Town, MA
Yarmouth Town, MA

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