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Worcester, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Worcester fell 0.0 percentage points in December 2015 to 5.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the Massachusetts rate. The unemployment rate in Worcester peaked in November 2009 at 9.4% and is now 4.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.8% in September 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Worcester unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Massachusetts 4.7% 0.0 -0.6
Worcester 5.1% 0.0 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2015 data as January 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 February 2010 at 31,359. There are now 13,581 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 16,576 in September 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,202. Worcester employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Worcester, Massachusetts) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Worcester 17,778 +99 -1,858

Number of Unemployed Persons

Worcester, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Worcester
Unemployment Rate
Worcester
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 4.7% 5.1% 17,778
November
2015
5.0% 4.7% 5.1% 17,679
October
2015
5.0% 4.6% 5.0% 17,470
September
2015
5.1% 4.6% 4.8% 16,576
August
2015
5.1% 4.7% 4.9% 17,121
July
2015
5.3% 4.7% 5.0% 17,452
June
2015
5.3% 4.7% 4.9% 17,329
May
2015
5.5% 4.6% 4.9% 17,385
April
2015
5.4% 4.7% 5.0% 17,661
March
2015
5.5% 4.8% 5.3% 18,782
February
2015
5.5% 4.9% 5.4% 18,905

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.