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Worcester, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Worcester rose 0.2 percentage points in March 2016 to 4.8%. 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 4.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.6% in February 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Worcester unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% +0.1 -0.5
Massachusetts 4.4% -0.1 -0.7
Worcester 4.8% +0.2 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2016 data as April 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 14,862 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 15,958 in February 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 553.

Unemployed Persons March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Worcester 16,511 +553 -2,492

Number of Unemployed Persons

Worcester, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Worcester
Unemployment Rate
Worcester
Unemployed
April
2016
5.0% 4.2%
March
2016
5.0% 4.4% 4.8% 16,511
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
November
2015
5.0% 4.9% 5.2% 17,792
October
2015
5.0% 4.8% 5.2% 17,841
September
2015
5.1% 4.8% 5.2% 17,848
August
2015
5.1% 4.8% 5.2% 17,945
July
2015
5.3% 4.8% 5.3% 18,132
June
2015
5.3% 4.9% 5.3% 18,372
May
2015
5.5% 4.9% 5.4% 18,659

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.