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NOTE: It looks like there won't be any metro employment/unemployment updates for the next few months. The BLS is reworking the data based on new OMB geographic delineations and won't be able to release updates until at least (and probably later than) April 21st. More here. I'll update the data as soon as it's available. Sorry folks.

Worcester, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Worcester fell 0.3 percentage points in December 2014 to 5.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the Massachusetts rate. The unemployment rate in Worcester peaked in December 2009 at 9.3% and is now 3.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Worcester unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
Massachusetts 5.3% -0.1 -0.9
Worcester 5.9% -0.3 -1.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2014 data as January 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 9,666 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 30. Worcester employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Worcester, Massachusetts) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Worcester 17,669 -1,053 -4,687

Number of Unemployed Persons

Worcester, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Worcester
Unemployment Rate
Worcester
Unemployed
March
2015
5.5%
February
2015
5.5% 4.9%
January
2015
5.7% 5.1%
December
2014
5.6% 5.3% 5.9% 17,669
November
2014
5.8% 5.4% 6.2% 18,722
October
2014
5.7% 5.5% 6.3% 18,798
September
2014
5.9% 5.6% 6.3% 18,902
August
2014
6.1% 5.6% 6.1% 18,128
July
2014
6.2% 5.7% 6.0% 17,671
June
2014
6.1% 5.7% 6.0% 17,639
May
2014
6.3% 5.8% 6.3% 18,527
April
2014
6.2% 5.8% 6.7% 19,665

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.