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Worcester, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Worcester rose 0.4 percentage points in January 2017 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the Massachusetts rate. The unemployment rate in Worcester peaked in November 2009 at 9.4% and is now 5.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in November 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Worcester unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% +0.1 -0.1
Massachusetts 3.2% +0.1 -1.1
Worcester 3.7% +0.4 -1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2017 data as February 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 18,685 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 11,243 in November 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,445.

Unemployed Persons January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Worcester 12,688 +1,308 -3,733

Number of Unemployed Persons

Worcester, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Worcester
Unemployment Rate
Worcester
Unemployed
February
2017
4.7%
January
2017
4.8% 3.2% 3.7% 12,688
December
2016
4.7% 3.1% 3.3% 11,380
November
2016
4.6% 3.1% 3.2% 11,243
October
2016
4.8% 3.2% 3.5% 12,312
September
2016
4.9% 3.3% 3.8% 13,348
August
2016
4.9% 3.4% 4.2% 14,704
July
2016
4.9% 3.6% 4.2% 14,580
June
2016
4.9% 3.7% 4.3% 15,051
May
2016
4.7% 3.8% 4.4% 15,206
April
2016
5.0% 4.0% 4.6% 15,969
March
2016
5.0% 4.1% 4.8% 16,505

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.