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Rochester, Minnesota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rochester rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2014 to 4.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the Minnesota rate. The unemployment rate in Rochester peaked in June 2009 at 6.8% and is now 2.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in November 2013, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Rochester unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% +0.1 -1.0
Minnesota 4.8% +0.1 -0.5
Rochester 4.1% +0.1 -0.5
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: Rochester, Minnesota, National

Rochester, Minnesota monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Rochester, Minnesota Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Rochester peaked in June 2009 at 7,133. There are now 2,802 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,164 in December 2013, the number of unemployed has now grown by 167. Rochester employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Rochester, Minnesota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Rochester 4,331 +103 -550

Number of Unemployed Persons

Rochester, Minnesota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployed
March
2014
6.7% 4.8%
February
2014
6.7% 4.8% 4.1% 4,331
January
2014
6.6% 4.7% 4.0% 4,228
December
2013
6.7% 4.7% 4.0% 4,164
November
2013
7.0% 4.8% 4.0% 4,197
October
2013
7.2% 4.8% 4.1% 4,250
September
2013
7.2% 4.9% 4.2% 4,416
August
2013
7.2% 5.0% 4.3% 4,493
July
2013
7.3% 5.1% 4.4% 4,600
June
2013
7.5% 5.1% 4.5% 4,732
May
2013
7.5% 5.1% 4.6% 4,849
April
2013
7.5% 5.2% 4.6% 4,882
March
2013
7.5% 5.2% 4.6% 4,823

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.