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Rochester, Minnesota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rochester fell 0.1 percentage points in May 2014 to 4.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 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 December 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 May 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% 0.0 -1.2
Minnesota 4.6% -0.1 -0.5
Rochester 4.1% -0.1 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2014 data as June 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 7,127. There are now 2,808 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,229 in December 2013, the number of unemployed has now grown by 90. Rochester employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Rochester, Minnesota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Rochester 4,319 -106 -278

Number of Unemployed Persons

Rochester, Minnesota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployed
June
2014
6.1% 4.5%
May
2014
6.3% 4.6% 4.1% 4,319
April
2014
6.3% 4.7% 4.2% 4,425
March
2014
6.7% 4.8% 4.2% 4,455
February
2014
6.7% 4.8% 4.1% 4,372
January
2014
6.6% 4.7% 4.1% 4,284
December
2013
6.7% 4.7% 4.0% 4,229
November
2013
7.0% 4.8% 4.1% 4,263
October
2013
7.2% 4.8% 4.1% 4,303
September
2013
7.2% 4.9% 4.1% 4,351
August
2013
7.2% 5.0% 4.2% 4,407
July
2013
7.3% 5.1% 4.2% 4,467
June
2013
7.5% 5.1% 4.3% 4,530

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.