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Employment and Occupational Information in Massachusetts



Snapshot of Employment in Massachusetts in 2010
3,119,100
Total Employment
8.50 %
Unemployment Rate
$53,700
Average Annual Salary
  • #2 amongst U.S. states ranked by average annual wages.

  • #6 amongst U.S. states ranked by total employment growth from the previous year.

  • #13 amongst U.S. states ranked by total employment.

  • #17 amongst U.S. states ranked by percentage of of its female civilian population aged 16 and over that is in active employment.

  • #17 amongst U.S. states ranked by percentage of of its female civilian population aged 16 and over that constitutes its labor force.

  • #19 amongst U.S. states ranked by percentage of of its civilian population aged 16 and over that is in active employment.

  • #20 amongst U.S. states ranked by lowest annual unemployment rate.

  • #21 amongst U.S. states ranked by lowest annual unemployment rate among women.

  • #22 amongst U.S. states ranked by percentage of of its civilian population aged 16 and over that constitutes its labor force.

  • #23 amongst U.S. states ranked by percentage of of its male civilian population aged 16 and over that is in active employment.

  • #24 amongst U.S. states ranked by lowest annual unemployment rate among men.

  • #23 amongst U.S. states ranked by percentage of of its male civilian population aged 16 and over that constitutes its labor force.

  • #37 amongst U.S. states ranked by average annual wages growth from the previous year.

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Total Employment for Massachusetts in 2010
Figure 1. Total Employment
Total Employment by Gender for Massachusetts in 2010
Figure 2. Employment by Gender
Employment Percent Change for Massachusetts in 2010 Figure 3. Employment Percent Change
Unemployment Rate for Massachusetts in 2010 Figure 4. Unemployment Rate
Percent of Civilian Population (16 and above) in Employment in Massachusetts in 2010 Figure 5. Percentage of Civilian Population in Employment


Massachusetts
United States
Total Employment
3,119,100
127,097,160
Total Employment Amount Change from 2009 to 2010
-49,910
-3,550,450
Total Employment Percent Change from 2009 to 2010
-0.02 %
-0.03 %
Percent of Women Employed
57.40 %
53.60 %
Percent of Men Employed
63.80 %
58.50 %
Unemployment Rate
8.50 %
9.60 %
Unemployment Rate Amongst Women
7.50 %
8.60 %
Unemployment Rate Amongst Men
9.60 %
10.50 %
Table 1. Employment Information for Massachusetts


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Salary Information for Massachusetts
Annual Salary Distribution for Massachusetts in 2010 Figure 6. Annual Salary Distribution
Hourly Wage Distribution for Massachusetts in 2010 Figure 7. Hourly Wage Distribution
Average Annual Salary for Massachusetts in 2010 Figure 8. Average Annual Salary
Average Hourly Wage for Massachusetts in 2010 Figure 9. Average Hourly Wage
Wage Increase Percent for Massachusetts in 2010 Figure 10. Average Annual Wage Percent Change


Massachusetts
United States
Average Annual Salary
$53,700
$44,410
Average Hourly Wage
$25.82
$21.35
Average Annual Salary Change from 2009 to 2010
0.02 %
0.02 %
Table 2. Salary Information for Massachusetts


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VIEW ALL MASSACHUSETTS OCCUPATIONS HERE
HIGHEST PAYING OCCUPATIONS
1. Management Occupations: $120,570
2. Legal Occupations: $103,280
3. Computer and Mathematical Occupations: $88,020
4. Architecture and Engineering Occupations: $81,230
5. Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations: $80,400
Table 3. Highest Paying Massachusetts Occupations

FASTEST GROWING SALARIES
1. Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations: 0.05 %
2. Legal Occupations: 0.03 %
3. Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations: 0.03 %
4. Personal Care and Service Occupations: 0.03 %
5. Sales and Related Occupations: 0.03 %
Table 4. Massachusetts Occupations with the Fastest Growing Salaries

POPULAR OCCUPATIONS
1. Office and Administrative Support Occupations: 16.10 %
2. Sales and Related Occupations: 10.16 %
3. Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations: 8.39 %
4. Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations: 7.14 %
5. Education, Training, and Library Occupations: 7.05 %
Table 5. Popular Massachusetts Occupations
(Percentage of Total Employment for the State)
FASTEST GROWING EMPLOYMENT
1. Community and Social Service Occupations: 0.11 %
2. Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations: 0.07 %
3. Business and Financial Operations Occupations: 0.03 %
4. Legal Occupations: 0.02 %
5. Computer and Mathematical Occupations: 0.02 %
Table 6. Massachusetts Occupations with the Fastest Growing Employment


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Massachusetts Metro Areas Information


VIEW ALL METRO AREAS IN MASSACHUSETTS
HIGHEST PAYING METRO AREAS
1. Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA: $59,410
2. Framingham, MA: $57,960
3. Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA: $55,480
4. Worcester, MA: $48,080
5. Peabody, MA: $47,290
Table 7. Metro Areas with the Highest Salaries

METRO AREAS WITH FASTEST GROWING WAGES
1. Barnstable Town, MA: 0.03 %
2. Springfield, MA: 0.03 %
3. Worcester, MA: 0.03 %
4. Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA: 0.03 %
5. Pittsfield, MA: 0.02 %
Table 8. Metro Areas with the Fastest Growing Salaries

POPULAR METRO AREAS
1. Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA: 1,658,000
2. Springfield, MA: 282,730
3. Worcester, MA: 236,890
4. Framingham, MA: 154,760
5. Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA: 113,630
Table 9. Metro Areas with Highest Employment
FASTEST GROWING METRO AREAS
1. Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA: 0.02 %
2. Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA: -0.01 %
3. Worcester, MA: -0.01 %
4. Barnstable Town, MA: -0.02 %
5. Framingham, MA: -0.02 %
Table 10. Metro Areas with the Fastest Growing Employment


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Massachusetts Business Statistics Information
LARGEST NUMER OF FIRMS
1. Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA: 102,300
2. Worcester, MA : 15,573
3. Springfield, MA : 12,914
4. Barnstable Town, MA : 7,623
5. Pittsfield, MA : 3,745
Table 11. Metro Areas with the Largest Number of Registered Firms (2008)
HIGHEST CONCENTRATION OF ESTABLISHMENTS
1. Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA: 1.22
2. Springfield, MA : 1.19
3. Worcester, MA : 1.17
4. Pittsfield, MA : 1.12
5. Barnstable Town, MA : 1.12
Table 12. Metro Areas with the Highest Number of Establishments Per Firm (2008)
HIGHEST EMPLOYMENT PER FIRM
1. Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA: 22.89
2. Springfield, MA : 18.96
3. Worcester, MA : 18.37
4. Pittsfield, MA : 15.51
5. Barnstable Town, MA : 9.7
Table 13. Metro Areas with the Highest Number of Employees Per Firm (2008)
HIGHEST ANNUAL PAYROLL PER FIRM
1. Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA: $1,305,056
2. Worcester, MA : $773,081
3. Springfield, MA : $696,704
4. Pittsfield, MA : $576,856
5. Barnstable Town, MA : $365,404
Table 14. Metro Areas with the Highest Annual Payroll Per Firm (2008)


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Massachusetts Industry Business Statistics Information
LARGEST EMPLOYMENT
1. Health care and social assistance: 17.45%
2. Retail trade: 11.74%
3. Accommodation and food services: 8.59%
4. Manufacturing: 8.57%
5. Professional, scientific, and technical services: 8.41%
Table 15. Local Industries with the Largest Employment (2008)
LARGEST NUMER OF FIRMS
1. Professional, scientific, and technical services: 20,643
2. Construction: 18,592
3. Retail trade: 16,893
4. Other services (except public administration): 15,310
5. Health care and social assistance: 12,727
Table 16. Local Industries with the Largest Number of Registered Firms (2008)
HIGHEST EMPLOYMENT PER FIRM
1. Utilities: 144.82
2. Management of companies and enterprises: 105.49
3. Educational services: 77.61
4. Information: 46
5. Health care and social assistance: 42.14
Table 17. Local Industries with the Highest Number of Employees Per Firm (2008)
HIGHEST ANNUAL PAYROLL PER FIRM
1. Utilities: $14,188,705
2. Management of companies and enterprises: $10,768,854
3. Finance and insurance: $4,026,583
4. Information: $3,830,269
5. Educational services: $2,978,305
Table 18. Local Industries with the Highest Annual Payroll Per Firm (2008)


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Further Information on Employment and Occupations in Massachusetts


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Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor and U.S. Census Bureau, Department of Commerce


MASSACHUSETTS METRO AREAS


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