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Labor Force, Employment and Unemployment
Massachusetts and Workforce Development Areas

Data not seasonally adjusted

Results

Location Labor Force Employment Unemployment Rate
Dec-2022 Nov-2022 Dec-2021 Dec-2022 Nov-2022 Dec-2021 Dec-2022 Nov-2022 Dec-2021 Dec-2022 Nov-2022 Dec-2021
Massachusetts 3,712,433 3,716,814 3,763,429 3,592,766 3,609,073 3,608,001 119,667 107,741 155,428 3.2% 2.9% 4.1%
Berkshire County WDA 59,527 59,126 62,074 56,975 56,949 58,870 2,552 2,177 3,204 4.3% 3.7% 5.1%
Boston WDA 392,029 392,845 394,417 380,790 382,214 379,015 11,239 10,631 15,402 2.9% 2.7% 3.9%
Bristol County WDA 194,769 194,942 199,335 187,239 188,390 189,815 7,530 6,552 9,520 3.9% 3.4% 4.7%
Brockton WDA 134,929 134,951 136,161 129,949 130,450 129,488 4,980 4,501 6,673 3.7% 3.3% 4.9%
Cape & Islands WDA 120,125 121,820 124,422 113,884 116,838 116,993 6,241 4,982 7,429 5.2% 4.1% 6.0%
Central MA WDA 312,709 311,861 320,912 302,394 302,650 307,575 10,315 9,211 13,337 3.3% 3.0% 4.2%
Franklin/Hampshire WDA 136,237 136,866 140,038 132,203 133,309 135,060 4,034 3,557 4,978 3.0% 2.6% 3.6%
Greater Lowell WDA 161,115 160,838 161,077 156,175 156,402 154,808 4,940 4,436 6,269 3.1% 2.8% 3.8%
Greater New Bedford WDA 111,823 112,231 115,154 106,635 107,637 108,727 5,188 4,594 6,427 4.6% 4.1% 5.5%
Hampden County WDA 221,620 222,804 228,421 212,076 214,165 215,487 9,544 8,639 12,934 4.3% 3.9% 5.7%
Lower Merrimack Valley WDA 186,979 186,914 189,938 180,068 180,588 180,783 6,911 6,326 9,155 3.7% 3.4% 4.8%
Metro North WDA 480,817 481,728 482,037 469,012 470,764 466,826 11,805 10,964 15,211 2.5% 2.3% 3.1%
Metro South/West WDA 526,389 526,845 528,467 513,376 514,900 512,453 13,013 11,945 16,014 2.5% 2.3% 3.0%
North Central WDA 137,601 137,182 139,462 132,773 132,961 133,297 4,828 4,221 6,165 3.5% 3.1% 4.4%
North Shore WDA 231,006 230,819 234,431 223,578 224,094 224,344 7,428 6,725 10,087 3.2% 2.9% 4.3%
South Shore WDA 304,762 305,036 307,078 295,642 296,758 294,455 9,120 8,278 12,623 3.0% 2.7% 4.1%
The labor force estimates for towns with 2010 Census population of less than 1,000 were produced using the BLS methodology, but are not official BLS estimates.
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