Economy and Workforce
Change in Total Jobs by Sector

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Change in Jobs by Sector, 2018

What does this measure?

The net growth or decline in jobs by sector, shown as a percentage gain or loss from 2001 to 2018.

Why is this important?

Job growth by sector is a key indicator of economic vitality, and reveals how the structure of industry and the composition of employment in the region are changing.

How is our region doing?

Among large sectors, MetroWest has seen the greatest growth in the Financial Activities (49%), Healthcare and Social Assistance (46%) and Leisure and Hospitality (45%) sectors. The biggest decline among major sectors was in Manufacturing, where jobs fell 34%. Some smaller sectors had large gains or declines: Agriculture, with 0.2% of total jobs, grew 27% since 2001, and Education, with 6% of all jobs, grew 32%. Trends in MetroWest were very similar to statewide and national trends.

The largest sectors in MetroWest in 2018 were Professional and Business Services, with 20% of jobs, followed by Trade, Transportation and Utilities (16%), Health Care and Social Assistance (12%), Financial Activities (10%), and Leisure and Hospitality and Government, both at 8.5%. These shares were largely similar to the state and national distribution of jobs.

Notes about the data

County employment estimates are reported by place of work, not place of residence. 2019 data for this indicator are expected to be released in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Change in Jobs by Sector, 2018
AgricultureConstructionEducational ServicesFinancial ActivitiesGovernmentHealth Care and Social AssistanceInformationLeisure and HospitalityManufacturingNatural Resources and MiningOther ServicesProfessional and Business ServicesTrade, Transportation, and UtilitiesTotal
United States-15%12%58%49%6%48%-15%41%-20%44%24%35%17%21%
Massachusetts-3%19%36%40%1%49%-12%40%-35%3%24%27%16%20%
Region27%19%32%49%8%46%-8%45%-34%4%22%31%14%20%
Middlesex45%18%25%65%9%47%-7%46%-35%-10%21%35%11%20%
Norfolk48%18%53%33%9%42%-8%54%-35%35%28%30%15%22%
Worcester6%21%47%43%7%50%-17%37%-30%12%19%15%20%18%

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis
Notes: N/A - Data not disclosed or not reported.




Total Jobs by Sector, 2018
AgricultureConstructionEducational ServicesFinancial ActivitiesGovernmentHealth Care and Social AssistanceInformationLeisure and HospitalityManufacturingNatural Resources and MiningOther ServicesProfessional and Business ServicesTrade, Transportation, and UtilitiesTotal
United States2,604,00010,973,3004,771,70019,899,40024,543,00022,619,8003,460,10019,762,40013,501,3002,323,10011,257,90029,346,30035,683,700200,746,000
Massachusetts10,368259,699251,175497,849464,508699,211107,889468,403260,51313,450244,565816,785778,4364,872,851
Region4,458124,054133,472215,605189,225280,08364,443193,089137,3243,299106,672449,756361,2152,262,695
Middlesex2,13965,15691,960107,34996,089139,52546,499104,78577,7991,51556,806306,615183,3631,279,600
Norfolk55230,64420,63268,66537,38163,03212,31847,52721,88573425,65784,01190,395503,433
Worcester1,76728,25420,88039,59155,75577,5265,62640,77737,6401,05024,20959,13087,457479,662

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis
Notes: N/A - Data not disclosed or not reported.




INDICATORS TREND
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Disengaged Youth Decreasing
Reports of Domestic Violence Maintaining
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Increasing
Households Without Vehicles Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work Not Applicable
Average Travel Time to Work Increasing
Households With Internet Access Not Applicable
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Average Charitable Contribution Maintaining
Protected Land Not Applicable
Drug Poisoning Mortality Rate Increasing
Crimes Against People Decreasing
Incarceration Rates, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Total Population Increasing
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Population by Age Not Applicable
Change in Population by Age/Gender Not Applicable
Seniors Living Alone Decreasing
People with Disabilities Maintaining
Change in Total Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Unemployment Rate Maintaining
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
High-Tech Jobs Decreasing
Female to Male Earnings Ratio Maintaining
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 3 English, by Student Subgroup Not Applicable
Chronically Absent Students Decreasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate by Student Group Increasing
Education Levels of Adults Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Education Level Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Household Receiving Temporary Assistance Maintaining
Participation in Food Assistance by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income Maintaining
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Living Wage Not Applicable
80/20 Income Ratio Maintaining
Access to Financial Services, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Homeownership Rates Increasing
Homeownership Rates, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Cost of Homeownership Increasing
Cost of Rent Not Applicable
Homelessness Increasing


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