Cities & States

Middlesex County
Population: 1,556,116
Worcester County
Population: 810,935
Essex County
Population: 763,849
Suffolk County
Population: 758,919
Norfolk County
Population: 687,721
Bristol County
Population: 552,763
Plymouth County
Population: 503,681
Hampden County
Population: 468,041
Barnstable County
Population: 214,766
Hampshire County
Population: 160,759


State of Massachusetts Demographics

Owning New England’s largest population and Boston, its largest city, Massachusetts is the most economically significant state in the region. The Bay State has a diverse set of industries fueling growth, including professional services; trade and transportation; education and health Services; and leisure and hospitality. However, the majority of unemployed individuals in the state have a high school degree or less, meaning there is a real education and skill gap between many who need jobs and the firms looking to employ them. Retooling these skills is a key to fostering future growth. (Source: Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development)

The latest employment scorecard for the State of Massachusetts for August 2016 to August 2017 is listed below, based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The employment scorecard for Massachusetts is quite positive. The labor force increased by a strong 2.62 percent, and the labor force participation rate increased 1.2 percent, to 66.1 percent. The unemployment rate increased 0.8 percent to 4.2 percent. Increasing unemployment rates are usually cause for concern, and there is reason to watch closely in this case. However, with the labor force and labor force participation rates growing as they are in Massachusetts, an increase in the unemployment rate to a still decent 4.2 percent may simply reflect the time gap of people entering the labor force and actually starting a new job. You can view what jobs are available in Massachusetts, as well as which sectors of the economy are growing most quickly, on our Job Listings page.

Massachusetts Demographics

View more Massachusetts demographics, largest cities and counties, news sources, investor relations sites, and a directory to the individual page for each city and county in the State of Massachusetts below. More employment information for the State of Massachusetts and each of the state’s metropolitan areas in our Employment Database. This database includes 10-years rolling data on the unemployment rate and total labor force for all 50 states, the United States, and every metropolitan area in the country, including comparative analysis relating metropolitan areas to their main state and the nation.

Based on 2013 statistics, the healthcare and social assistance sector employs the greatest percentage of workers in the state, followed by government; professional and technical services; retail trade; and accommodation and food services, respectively. (Source: Merritt Research Services, LLC)

Total Population (2000, 2010, 2015*)

Based on 2000, 2010 and 2015* U.S. Census data
3.88% increase since 2000 census.
(* 2009-2015’ ACS 5-Year Estimates)

Directory of, Cities, Towns and Villages in Massachusetts

Directory of Counties in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Unemployment Data
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