Boston-Cambridge-Newton MA NECTA Division

Laborforce, Employment and Unemployment
(not seasonally adjusted)

Month Year Labor Force Employed Unemployed Unemployment Rate
08 2021 1661363 1579834 81529 4.9
07 2021 1660265 1574731 85534 5.2
06 2021 1648510 1567343 81167 4.9
05 2021 1631586 1558399 73187 4.5
04 2021 1638396 1551825 86571 5.3
03 2021 1639130 1544734 94396 5.8
02 2021 1642346 1537674 104672 6.4
01 2021 1635737 1526642 109095 6.7

 

Annual Year Labor Force Employed Unemployed Unemployment Rate
Average 2020 1618778 1486710 132068 8.2
Average 2019 1677318 1634852 42466 2.5
Average 2018 1657647 1609014 48633 2.9
Average 2017 1614946 1562009 52937 3.3
Average 2016 1581211 1527208 54003 3.4
Average 2015 1562290 1498457 63833 4.1
Average 2014 1548970 1473417 75553 4.9
Average 2013 1522650 1436813 85837 5.6
Average 2012 1513020 1427822 85198 5.6
Average 2011 1498918 1406954 91964 6.1
Average 2010 1491691 1387216 104475 7.0

 

Current Employment Estimates
(not seasonally adjusted)

Industry Aug-2021 Jul-2021 Aug-2020 Net Change Prior Month Net Change Prior Year
Total nonfarm 1,816,500 1,820,300 1,709,600 -3,800 106,900
Total private 1,645,100 1,647,100 1,532,100 -2,000 113,000
Goods-producing 155,200 153,600 145,100 1,600 10,100
Service-providing 1,661,300 1,666,700 1,564,500 -5,400 96,800
Private service-providing 1,489,900 1,493,500 1,387,000 -3,600 102,900
Mining, Logging, and Construction 78,500 77,400 72,200 1,100 6,300
Construction of buildings 16,900 17,100 16,500 -200 400
Specialty trade contractors 52,400 51,700 48,700 700 3,700
Manufacturing 76,700 76,200 72,900 500 3,800
Durable goods 50,800 50,900 48,500 -100 2,300
Computer and electronic products 19,000 19,100 18,900 -100 100
Semiconductors and electronic components 3,800 3,800 3,900 0 -100
Electronic instruments 11,300 11,400 11,200 -100 100
Nondurable goods 25,900 25,300 24,400 600 1,500
Food manufacturing 9,300 9,300 9,300 0 0
Chemicals 6,700 6,400 6,000 300 700
Trade, transportation, and utilities 235,800 236,000 223,200 -200 12,600
Wholesale Trade 57,500 56,900 55,000 600 2,500
Durable goods 31,400 31,400 30,100 0 1,300
Nondurable goods 20,900 20,700 20,000 200 900
Retail trade 136,700 137,600 131,000 -900 5,700
Motor vehicle and parts dealers 11,700 11,700 11,200 0 500
Food and beverage stores 41,300 41,600 40,600 -300 700
Health and personal care stores 10,300 10,300 10,100 0 200
Clothing and clothing accessories stores 12,400 12,400 11,700 0 700
Sporting goods, hobby, book, and music stores 4,800 4,600 4,500 200 300
General merchandise stores 15,200 15,400 15,100 -200 100
Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities 41,600 41,500 37,200 100 4,400
Utilities 3,100 3,200 3,300 -100 -200
Transportation and Warehousing 38,500 38,300 33,900 200 4,600
Air transportation 7,300 7,300 7,600 0 -300
Information 64,200 64,400 59,600 -200 4,600
Publishing industries, except Internet 31,000 31,200 29,900 -200 1,100
Newspaper, book, and directory publishers 4,500 4,400 4,700 100 -200
Software publishers 26,500 26,800 25,200 -300 1,300
Telecommunications 7,800 7,900 7,700 -100 100
Financial activities 151,200 153,300 152,200 -2,100 -1,000
Finance and insurance 120,700 122,000 122,900 -1,300 -2,200
Credit intermediation and related activities 33,100 33,400 34,200 -300 -1,100
Securities, commodity contracts, investments 41,500 42,300 41,400 -800 100
Insurance carriers and related activities 46,100 46,300 47,300 -200 -1,200
Insurance carriers 30,400 30,400 31,700 0 -1,300
Real estate and rental and leasing 30,500 31,300 29,300 -800 1,200
Real estate 25,800 26,300 25,000 -500 800
Professional and business services 407,800 409,300 385,800 -1,500 22,000
Professional and technical services 267,700 268,000 255,500 -300 12,200
Legal services 20,500 21,000 20,600 -500 -100
Accounting and bookkeeping services 16,400 16,700 16,500 -300 -100
Architectural and engineering services 26,000 26,000 27,700 0 -1,700
Computer systems design and related services 63,600 64,200 63,900 -600 -300
Management and technical consulting services 44,800 43,500 40,300 1,300 4,500
Scientific research and development services 77,400 76,900 69,200 500 8,200
Management of companies and enterprises 42,100 42,100 41,900 0 200
Administrative and waste services 98,000 99,200 88,400 -1,200 9,600
Employment services 31,800 33,000 26,900 -1,200 4,900
Services to buildings and dwellings 36,500 37,200 30,400 -700 6,100
Education and health services 403,300 404,500 388,800 -1,200 14,500
Educational services 107,900 109,400 103,200 -1,500 4,700
Colleges and universities 73,500 74,900 75,300 -1,400 -1,800
Health care and social assistance 295,400 295,100 285,600 300 9,800
Ambulatory health care services 79,700 79,000 76,600 700 3,100
Offices of physicians 27,400 27,300 27,500 100 -100
Hospitals 126,500 127,400 123,600 -900 2,900
Nursing and residential care facilities 33,700 33,500 34,200 200 -500
Social assistance 55,500 55,200 51,200 300 4,300
Leisure and hospitality 165,900 164,600 121,700 1,300 44,200
Arts, entertainment, and recreation 28,100 28,600 22,100 -500 6,000
Accommodation and food services 137,800 136,000 99,600 1,800 38,200
Accommodation 17,400 17,200 11,200 200 6,200
Food services and drinking places 120,400 118,800 88,400 1,600 32,000
Other services 61,700 61,400 55,700 300 6,000
Repair and maintenance 10,600 10,600 10,000 0 600
Personal and laundry services 20,900 20,800 19,700 100 1,200
Membership associations and organizations 30,200 30,000 26,000 200 4,200
Government 171,400 173,200 177,500 -1,800 -6,100
Federal 27,300 27,500 30,800 -200 -3,500
U.S. Postal Service 6,700 6,800 6,700 -100 0
State government 47,500 47,200 49,700 300 -2,200
State government education 8,600 8,500 8,800 100 -200
Local government 96,600 98,500 97,000 -1,900 -400
Local government education 56,900 58,100 56,500 -1,200 400

 

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