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Worcester, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Worcester fell 0.1 percentage points in May 2015 to 4.9%. 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 November 2009 at 9.4% and is now 4.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Worcester unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% +0.1 -0.8
Massachusetts 4.6% -0.1 -1.2
Worcester 4.9% -0.1 -1.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1

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 13,970 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Worcester employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Worcester, Massachusetts) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Worcester 17,389 -272 -4,209

Number of Unemployed Persons

Worcester, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Worcester
Unemployment Rate
Worcester
Unemployed
May
2015
5.5% 4.6% 4.9% 17,389
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
January
2015
5.7% 5.1% 5.3% 18,605
December
2014
5.6% 5.3% 5.6% 19,636
November
2014
5.8% 5.4% 5.8% 20,077
October
2014
5.7% 5.5% 5.9% 20,484
September
2014
5.9% 5.6% 6.0% 20,901
August
2014
6.1% 5.6% 6.1% 21,259
July
2014
6.2% 5.7% 6.2% 21,405
June
2014
6.1% 5.7% 6.2% 21,443

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.