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Worcester, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Worcester rose 0.2 percentage points in September 2014 to 6.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Massachusetts rate. The unemployment rate in Worcester peaked in December 2009 at 9.3% and is now 3.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.0% in June 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Worcester unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.9% -0.2 -1.3
Massachusetts 6.0% +0.2 -1.2
Worcester 6.3% +0.2 -1.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2014 data as October 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 27,335. There are now 8,430 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 17,639 in June 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,266. Worcester employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Worcester, Massachusetts) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Worcester 18,905 +777 -3,734

Number of Unemployed Persons

Worcester, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Worcester
Unemployment Rate
Worcester
Unemployed
October
2014
5.8% 6.0%
September
2014
5.9% 6.0% 6.3% 18,905
August
2014
6.1% 5.8% 6.1% 18,128
July
2014
6.2% 5.6% 6.0% 17,671
June
2014
6.1% 5.5% 6.0% 17,639
May
2014
6.3% 5.6% 6.3% 18,527
April
2014
6.3% 6.0% 6.7% 19,665
March
2014
6.7% 6.3% 6.9% 20,395
February
2014
6.7% 6.5% 7.1% 20,796
January
2014
6.6% 6.8% 7.4% 21,482
December
2013
6.7% 7.1% 7.7% 22,356
November
2013
7.0% 7.1% 7.7% 22,469
October
2013
7.2% 7.2% 7.7% 22,564

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.