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Worcester, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Worcester fell 0.3 percentage points in October 2016 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Massachusetts rate. The unemployment rate in Worcester peaked in November 2009 at 9.4% and is now 5.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Worcester unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
Massachusetts 3.3% -0.3 -1.5
Worcester 3.5% -0.3 -1.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2016 data as November 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 19,061 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Worcester 12,312 -1,036 -5,529

Number of Unemployed Persons

Worcester, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Worcester
Unemployment Rate
Worcester
Unemployed
November
2016
4.6%
October
2016
4.9% 3.3% 3.5% 12,312
September
2016
5.0% 3.6% 3.8% 13,348
August
2016
4.9% 3.9% 4.2% 14,704
July
2016
4.9% 4.1% 4.2% 14,580
June
2016
4.9% 4.2% 4.3% 15,051
May
2016
4.7% 4.2% 4.4% 15,206
April
2016
5.0% 4.2% 4.6% 15,969
March
2016
5.0% 4.4% 4.8% 16,505
February
2016
4.9% 4.5% 4.6% 15,958
January
2016
4.9% 4.7% 4.8% 16,421
December
2015
5.0% 4.9% 5.1% 17,700

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.