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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
May-2024 Apr-2024 May-2023 May-2024 Apr-2024 May-2023 May-2024 Apr-2024 May-2023 May-2024 Apr-2024 May-2023
Massachusetts 3,800,827 3,791,376 3,723,265 3,657,969 3,672,786 3,605,122 142,858 118,590 118,143 3.8% 3.1% 3.2%
Berkshire County WDA 63,081 62,458 61,004 60,716 60,415 58,985 2,365 2,043 2,019 3.7% 3.3% 3.3%
Boston WDA 399,854 399,175 392,026 384,887 387,644 379,706 14,967 11,531 12,320 3.7% 2.9% 3.1%
Bristol County WDA 200,866 200,747 197,150 192,634 193,454 190,082 8,232 7,293 7,068 4.1% 3.6% 3.5%
Brockton WDA 136,038 135,830 134,300 130,289 130,936 129,213 5,749 4,894 5,087 4.2% 3.6% 3.8%
Cape & Islands WDA 132,361 128,498 128,544 127,006 122,907 123,869 5,355 5,591 4,675 4.0% 4.4% 3.6%
Central MA WDA 323,488 322,976 315,751 311,204 312,809 305,659 12,284 10,167 10,092 3.8% 3.1% 3.1%
Franklin/Hampshire WDA 137,936 137,761 135,368 133,426 134,085 131,773 4,510 3,676 3,595 3.3% 2.7% 2.6%
Greater Lowell WDA 160,492 160,157 157,243 154,184 154,877 152,304 6,308 5,280 4,939 3.9% 3.3% 3.1%
Greater New Bedford WDA 116,366 115,805 114,043 111,262 111,229 109,624 5,104 4,576 4,419 4.4% 4.0% 3.9%
Hampden County WDA 222,785 222,353 218,451 212,524 213,696 209,860 10,261 8,657 8,591 4.6% 3.9% 3.9%
Lower Merrimack Valley WDA 190,921 190,029 187,187 182,896 183,191 180,623 8,025 6,838 6,564 4.2% 3.6% 3.5%
Metro North WDA 490,387 490,201 480,872 474,057 477,455 467,676 16,330 12,746 13,196 3.3% 2.6% 2.7%
Metro South/West WDA 538,358 538,114 528,222 520,422 523,950 513,694 17,936 14,164 14,528 3.3% 2.6% 2.7%
North Central WDA 139,226 138,938 135,979 133,863 134,334 131,624 5,363 4,604 4,355 3.9% 3.3% 3.2%
North Shore WDA 238,459 238,087 232,683 229,645 230,775 225,422 8,814 7,312 7,261 3.7% 3.1% 3.1%
South Shore WDA 310,198 310,252 304,429 298,948 301,032 294,998 11,250 9,220 9,431 3.6% 3.0% 3.1%
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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