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Worcester, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Worcester rose 0.2 percentage points in April 2017 to 4.3%. 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 5.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.4% in December 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.9 percentage points. You can also compare Worcester unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% -0.1 -0.6
Massachusetts 3.9% +0.3 -0.1
Worcester 4.3% +0.2 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2017 data as May 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 16,125 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 3,655.

Unemployed Persons April 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Worcester 15,248 +910 -51

Number of Unemployed Persons

Worcester, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Worcester
Unemployment Rate
Worcester
Unemployed
May
2017
4.3% 4.2%
April
2017
4.4% 3.9% 4.3% 15,248
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
September
2016
4.9% 3.3% 3.7% 12,854
August
2016
4.9% 3.4% 3.8% 13,248
July
2016
4.9% 3.6% 4.0% 13,656
June
2016
4.9% 3.7% 4.1% 14,111

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.