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 Not Applicable
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Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Not Applicable
Households Without Vehicles Not Applicable
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Households With Internet Access Not Applicable
Voter Participation Rate Not Applicable
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Seniors Living Alone Not Applicable
People with Disabilities Not Applicable
Change in Total Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
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High-Tech Jobs Not Applicable
Female to Male Earnings Ratio Not Applicable
Prekindergarten Participation Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 3 English, by Student Subgroup Not Applicable
Chronically Absent Students Not Applicable
High School Cohort Graduation Rate by Student Group Not Applicable
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People Living in Poverty Not Applicable
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Household Receiving Temporary Assistance Not Applicable
Participation in Food Assistance by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
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Living Wage Not Applicable
80/20 Income Ratio Not Applicable
Access to Financial Services, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
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Cost of Homeownership Not Applicable
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Homelessness Not Applicable


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