Below is overview of labor market information (LMI) available for the forty-three cities and towns which make up the Metro South/West geographical region. The MassHire Metro South/West Workforce Board can provide more detailed LMI as needed, as well as assistance accessing additional LMI resources through the US Census, the American Community Survey, the MA Department of Unemployment Assistance’s Economic Research Dept and The MetroWest Economic Research Center. For additional assistance or information specific to your part of the region, contact us.

Unemployment Data
Industry Data
Occupation Data
Business Establishments
Labor Supply & Demand
Additional Resources

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The most recent unemployment rates and labor force metrics for all forty-three cities and towns served by the Metro South/West Workforce Board are available by clicking the link below.

Unemployment Rates by Municipality

Source: MA DUA Economic Research Department(Q2 2020)


Industries are defined as a collection of businesses that are engaged in the same or similar principle business activities, such as providing a type of good or service. They are codified by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).

NAICS CodeDescriptionBusiness EstablishmentsEmploymentAverage Weekly Wages
11Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting962140$740
21Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction979$1597
31-3331-33 - Manufacturing100545386$2107
-DUR - Durable Goods Manufacturing64933319$2247
-NONDUR - Non-Durable Goods Manufacturing35612067$1718
42Wholesale Trade201222611$2065
44-45Retail Trade334156184$724
48-49Transportation and Warehousing56610748$1087
52Finance and Insurance187020151$2312
53Real Estate and Rental and Leasing13188646$1403
54Professional and Technical Services670475387$2657
55Management of Companies and Enterprises33524758$2741
56Administrative and Waste Services208736555$1009
61Educational Services91462378$1277
62Health Care and Social Assistance563376851$1033
71Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation69514570$645
72Accommodation and Food Services218741282$514
81Other Services, Except Public Administration454018844$858
92Public Administration44316773$1678
Total, All Industries37978589199$1,539

Source: MA DUA: Quarterly Census of Employment (Q2 2019)


An occupation is a set of activities or tasks that employees are paid to perform. Employees that perform essentially the same tasks are in the same occupation, whether they work in the same industry.

 Occcupational GroupJob Postings
ManagementTotal: Management4609
ManagementManagers, All Other836
ManagementMarketing Managers543
ManagementMedical and Health Services Managers501
ManagementGeneral and Operations Managers347
ManagementSales Managers336
Computer and MathematicalTotal: Computer and Mathematical4596
Computer and MathematicalSoftware Developers, Applications1605
Computer and MathematicalComputer User Support Specialists404
Computer and MathematicalComputer Systems Engineers/Architects375
Computer and MathematicalOperations Research Analysts245
Computer and MathematicalInformation Technology Project Managers225
Office and Administrative SupportTotal: Office and Administrative Support4133
Sales and RelatedTotal: Sales and Related3410
Education, Training, and LibraryTotal: Education, Training, and Library2783
Education, Training, and LibraryPreschool Teachers, Except Special Education428
Education, Training, and LibraryMiddle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education419
Education, Training, and LibraryTeacher Assistants361
Education, Training, and LibraryElementary School Teachers, Except Special Education259
Education, Training, and LibraryTeachers and Instructors, All Other165
Healthcare Practitioners and TechnicalTotal: Healthcare Practitioners and Technical2519
Healthcare Practitioners and TechnicalRegistered Nurses848
Healthcare Practitioners and TechnicalLicensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses168
Healthcare Practitioners and TechnicalMedical Records and Health Information Technicians151
Healthcare Practitioners and TechnicalPharmacy Technicians141
Healthcare Practitioners and TechnicalMedical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians129
Business and Financial OperationsTotal: Business and Financial Operations2329
Business and Financial OperationsHuman Resources Specialists465
Business and Financial OperationsMarket Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists299
Business and Financial OperationsManagement Analysts217
Business and Financial OperationsAccountants205
Business and Financial OperationsFinancial Analysts196
Food Preparation and Serving RelatedTotal: Food Preparation and Serving Related1803
Food Preparation and Serving RelatedCombined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food436
Food Preparation and Serving RelatedWaiters and Waitresses255
Food Preparation and Serving RelatedCooks, Restaurant201
Food Preparation and Serving RelatedFirst-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers182
Food Preparation and Serving RelatedDishwashers138
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and MediaTotal: Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media1070
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and MediaCoaches and Scouts332
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and MediaMerchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers181
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and MediaPublic Relations Specialists107
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and MediaTechnical Writers60
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and MediaGraphic Designers50
Personal Care and ServiceTotal: Personal Care and Service1043
Personal Care and ServicePersonal Care Aides211
Personal Care and ServiceChildcare Workers147
Personal Care and ServiceResidential Advisors109
Personal Care and ServiceFitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors97
Personal Care and ServiceNannies96
Architecture and EngineeringTotal: Architecture and Engineering1036
Architecture and EngineeringMechanical Engineers123
Architecture and EngineeringElectrical Engineers107
Architecture and EngineeringManufacturing Production Technicians93
Architecture and EngineeringValidation Engineers76
Architecture and EngineeringCivil Engineers59
Transportation and Material MovingTotal: Transportation and Material Moving1034
Transportation and Material MovingHeavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers307
Transportation and Material MovingLaborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand235
Transportation and Material MovingDriver/Sales Workers165
Transportation and Material MovingLight Truck or Delivery Services Drivers104
Transportation and Material MovingTaxi Drivers and Chauffeurs67
Installation, Maintenance, and RepairTotal: Installation, Maintenance, and Repair724
Installation, Maintenance, and RepairMaintenance and Repair Workers, General294
Installation, Maintenance, and RepairAutomotive Specialty Technicians114
Installation, Maintenance, and RepairFirst-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers71
Installation, Maintenance, and RepairHeating and Air Conditioning Mechanics and Installers54
Installation, Maintenance, and RepairAutomotive Body and Related Repairers23
Healthcare SupportTotal: Healthcare Support718
Healthcare SupportNursing Assistants184
Healthcare SupportMedical Assistants176
Healthcare SupportHome Health Aides137
Healthcare SupportPhysical Therapist Assistants41
Healthcare SupportPhlebotomists35
ProductionTotal: Production679
ProductionProduction Workers, All Other135
ProductionFirst-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers68
ProductionInspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers61
ProductionButchers and Meat Cutters30
Community and Social ServicesTotal: Community and Social Services638
Community and Social ServicesEducational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors171
Community and Social ServicesMental Health Counselors140
Community and Social ServicesCounselors, All Other70
Community and Social ServicesSocial Workers, All Other48
Community and Social ServicesSocial and Human Service Assistants36
Life, Physical, and Social ScienceTotal: Life, Physical, and Social Science618
Life, Physical, and Social ScienceQuality Control Analysts146
Life, Physical, and Social ScienceMedical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists96
Life, Physical, and Social ScienceChemists66
Life, Physical, and Social ScienceBiological Technicians48
Life, Physical, and Social ScienceBiologists46
Building and Grounds Cleaning and MaintenanceTotal: Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance466
Building and Grounds Cleaning and MaintenanceMaids and Housekeeping Cleaners178
Building and Grounds Cleaning and MaintenanceJanitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners166
Building and Grounds Cleaning and MaintenanceLandscaping and Groundskeeping Workers59
Building and Grounds Cleaning and MaintenanceFirst-Line Supervisors of Housekeeping and Janitorial Workers34
Building and Grounds Cleaning and MaintenanceFirst-Line Supervisors of Landscaping, Lawn Service, and Groundskeeping Workers13
Protective ServiceTotal: Protective Service382
Protective ServiceSecurity Guards252
Protective ServiceLifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers34
Protective ServiceRetail Loss Prevention Specialists30
Protective ServicePolice Patrol Officers22
Protective ServiceCrossing Guards11
Construction and ExtractionTotal: Construction and Extraction241
Construction and ExtractionConstruction Laborers47
Construction and ExtractionElectricians39
Construction and ExtractionRough Carpenters21
Construction and ExtractionPainters, Construction and Maintenance20
Construction and ExtractionFirst-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers17
LegalTotal: Legal179
LegalParalegals and Legal Assistants100
LegalTitle Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers7
LegalCourt Reporters4
LegalJudicial Law Clerks3
Farming, Fishing, and ForestryTotal: Farming, Fishing, and Forestry21
Farming, Fishing, and ForestryFallers6
Farming, Fishing, and ForestryFarmworkers and Laborers, Crop6
Farming, Fishing, and ForestryFarmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals3
Farming, Fishing, and ForestryLogging Workers, All Other2
Farming, Fishing, and ForestryFirst-Line Supervisors of Aquacultural Workers1

Source: Burning Glass Technologies/Labor Insight (Q3 2019)


Business is at the heart of economic development. In the Metro South West Region, businesses of all size and industry type are partnering with workforce professional to create job opportunities and grow a robust economy.

CompanyPrimary CityIndustyJob Postings
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
Software Publishers 
Connected Home Care LlcWestwoodHome Health Care Services
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc.
 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
The Home Depot Incorporated
Building Material and Supplies Dealers
CVS Health
Health and Personal Care Stores
Couriers and Express Delivery Services
Benchmark Senior Living
 Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
Emerson Hospital
 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
Lowe's Companies, Inc
Building Material and Supplies Dealers 
Health Care and Social Assistance
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
Advocates Incorporated
Individual and Family Services
Lincoln Laboratory
Scientific Research and Development Services
Moderna Therapeutics

Scientific Research and Development Services
Quest Diagnostics Incorporated
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories


 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 


Source: Burning Glass Technologies/Labor Insight (Q2 2020)


This labor supply versus demand indicator is produced by comparing the number of unemployed residents seeking work to the number of jobs posted online in the Metro South/West region each month.

Source: MA DUA Economic Research Department and Burning Glass Technologies/Labor Insight (Q2 2020)


The Greater Boston Workforce Planning Blueprint

The Greater Boston Workforce Planning Blueprint discusses results of the labor supply analysis for the Greater Boston region which includes the three workforce delivery areas of Boston, Metro North, and Metro South/West. The respective workforce development boards (WDBs) of each WDA led this project. The three WDBs selected and convened a group of regional education, workforce, and economic development stakeholders for five meetings to spread information about the project, solicit ideas, and obtain consensus on plans for the region.

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The Technology Heartland of Massachusetts

Covering the area between Routes 128/I495, and serving 43 communities, Metro Southwest is one of the largest of the 16 workforce regions in Massachusetts.

The Metro Southwest region contains communities that are defined by high-growth, high-paying knowledge and innovation industries, exceptional educational attainment and outstanding research and education institutions.

Metro Southwest is a college labor market in which jobs requiring post-secondary education dominate and college-educated residents thrive. Those without post-secondary education do not.

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