Massachusetts Employment Data by County

County with the Most Businesses: Middlesex County Massachusetts, 53,744
County with the Most Employees: Middlesex County Massachusetts, 812,817
County with Highest Average Hourly Wage: Suffolk County Massachusetts, $1,872
County with Highest Unemployment Rate: Dukes County Massachusetts, 7.7%



Barnstable County Massachusetts

Total Businesses9,1003.6% of state total
Total Employment82,7122.6% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$85060.2% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate5.9%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Retail trade1,43515.8% of county businesses
Most Employees Healthcare17,07920.6% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Restaurants and other eating places7918.7% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places12,17414.7% of county employees



Berkshire County Massachusetts

Total Businesses4,8891.9% of state total
Total Employment53,7061.7% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$87361.8% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate4.3%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Healthcare1,29026.4% of county businesses
Most Employees Healthcare12,82923.9% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Services for the elderly and disabled91218.7% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places4,6118.6% of county employees



Bristol County Massachusetts

Total Businesses16,9536.8% of state total
Total Employment198,4156.3% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$92265.3% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate4.4%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Healthcare5,14730.4% of county businesses
Most Employees Healthcare43,56322.0% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Services for the elderly and disabled3,83022.6% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places18,6849.4% of county employees



Dukes County Massachusetts

Total Businesses1,1940.5% of state total
Total Employment7,4150.2% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$95467.6% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate7.7%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Construction22418.8% of county businesses
Most Employees Retail trade1,45319.6% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Restaurants and other eating places947.9% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places99813.5% of county employees



Essex County Massachusetts

Total Businesses24,9029.9% of state total
Total Employment284,5269.0% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$1,11779.1% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate3.2%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Healthcare6,92827.8% of county businesses
Most Employees Healthcare65,12522.9% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Services for the elderly and disabled4,91219.7% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places25,6239.0% of county employees



Franklin County Massachusetts

Total Businesses2,2130.9% of state total
Total Employment21,8010.7% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$79156.0% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate3.1%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Healthcare75334.0% of county businesses
Most Employees Healthcare4,33119.9% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Services for the elderly and disabled61427.7% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places1,8168.3% of county employees



Hampden County Massachusetts

Total Businesses17,6777.0% of state total
Total Employment175,5935.6% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$91564.8% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate4.3%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Healthcare8,98950.9% of county businesses
Most Employees Healthcare52,45729.9% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Services for the elderly and disabled7,87044.5% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places12,5997.2% of county employees



Hampshire County Massachusetts

Total Businesses4,5601.8% of state total
Total Employment48,4291.5% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$82758.6% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate2.8%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Healthcare1,22626.9% of county businesses
Most Employees Healthcare10,28821.2% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Services for the elderly and disabled85018.6% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places4,91010.1% of county employees



Middlesex County Massachusetts

Total Businesses53,74421.4% of state total
Total Employment812,81725.8% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$1,619114.7% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate2.4%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Professional services9,31117.3% of county businesses
Most Employees Professional services133,35216.4% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Services for the elderly and disabled5,0289.4% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places52,2016.4% of county employees



Norfolk County Massachusetts

Total Businesses24,7339.9% of state total
Total Employment316,91510.1% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$1,23887.7% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate2.6%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Healthcare5,02520.3% of county businesses
Most Employees Healthcare53,27816.8% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Services for the elderly and disabled2,84811.5% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places24,7947.8% of county employees



Plymouth County Massachusetts

Total Businesses15,3036.1% of state total
Total Employment163,7305.2% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$94566.9% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate3.4%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Healthcare3,45522.6% of county businesses
Most Employees Healthcare33,38720.4% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Services for the elderly and disabled2,30415.1% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places18,41811.2% of county employees



Suffolk County Massachusetts

Total Businesses28,90911.5% of state total
Total Employment595,58818.9% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$1,872132.6% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate2.6%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Healthcare6,91423.9% of county businesses
Most Employees Healthcare143,63324.1% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Services for the elderly and disabled5,29818.3% of county businesses
Most Employees General medical and surgical hospitals74,86312.6% of county employees



Worcester County Massachusetts

Total Businesses24,0999.6% of state total
Total Employment296,7049.4% of state total
Average Weekly Wage$1,03072.9% of state avg wage
County Unemployment Rate3.4%

Top Sector
Most Businesses Healthcare7,22230.0% of county businesses
Most Employees Healthcare69,37423.4% of county employees

Top Industry
Most Businesses Services for the elderly and disabled5,36022.2% of county businesses
Most Employees Restaurants and other eating places22,8557.7% of county employees






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