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Worcester, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Worcester fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2014 to 7.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points higher than the Massachusetts rate. The unemployment rate in Worcester peaked in November 2009 at 9.3% and is now 2.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 7.2% in February 2013, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Worcester unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% +0.1 -1.0
Massachusetts 6.5% -0.3 -0.4
Worcester 7.2% -0.2 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2014 data as March 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 27,344. There are now 6,319 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 20,946 in March 2013, the number of unemployed has now grown by 79. Worcester employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Worcester, Massachusetts) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Worcester 21,025 -489 -65

Number of Unemployed Persons

Worcester, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Worcester
Unemployment Rate
Worcester
Unemployed
March
2014
6.7% 6.3%
February
2014
6.7% 6.5% 7.2% 21,025
January
2014
6.6% 6.8% 7.4% 21,514
December
2013
6.7% 7.1% 7.6% 22,149
November
2013
7.0% 7.1% 7.7% 22,385
October
2013
7.2% 7.2% 7.7% 22,457
September
2013
7.2% 7.2% 7.6% 22,294
August
2013
7.2% 7.2% 7.7% 22,592
July
2013
7.3% 7.2% 7.7% 22,594
June
2013
7.5% 7.1% 7.6% 22,283
May
2013
7.5% 7.0% 7.4% 21,558
April
2013
7.5% 7.0% 7.2% 21,076
March
2013
7.5% 6.9% 7.2% 20,946

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.