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Worcester, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Worcester fell 0.2 percentage points in August 2017 to 4.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Massachusetts rate. The unemployment rate in Worcester peaked in November 2009 at 9.4% and is now 5.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.4% in December 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also compare Worcester unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.1 -0.5
Massachusetts 4.2% -0.1 +0.8
Worcester 4.2% -0.2 +0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2017 data as September metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Worcester, Massachusetts, National

Worcester, Massachusetts monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Worcester, Massachusetts Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Worcester peaked in January 2010 at 31,373. There are now 16,691 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 11,593 in December 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,089.

Unemployed Persons August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Worcester 14,682 -839 +1,434

Number of Unemployed Persons

Worcester, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Worcester
Unemployment Rate
Worcester
Unemployed
September
2017
4.2% 3.9%
August
2017
4.4% 4.2% 4.2% 14,682
July
2017
4.3% 4.3% 4.4% 15,521
June
2017
4.4% 4.3% 4.4% 15,672
May
2017
4.3% 4.2% 4.5% 16,095
April
2017
4.4% 3.9% 4.3% 15,263
March
2017
4.5% 3.6% 4.1% 14,338
February
2017
4.7% 3.4% 4.0% 14,116
January
2017
4.8% 3.2% 3.6% 12,597
December
2016
4.7% 3.1% 3.4% 11,593
November
2016
4.6% 3.1% 3.5% 11,984
October
2016
4.8% 3.2% 3.6% 12,424

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.