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Rochester, Minnesota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rochester fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2016 to 3.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the Minnesota rate. The unemployment rate in Rochester peaked in June 2009 at 6.8% and is now 3.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.0% in August 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Rochester unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
Minnesota 4.0% 0.0 +0.4
Rochester 3.2% 0.0 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2016 data as November 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 7,953. There are now 4,098 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,597 in August 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 258.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Rochester 3,855 -4 +166

Number of Unemployed Persons

Rochester, Minnesota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployed
November
2016
4.6%
October
2016
4.9% 4.0% 3.2% 3,855
September
2016
5.0% 4.0% 3.2% 3,859
August
2016
4.9% 4.0% 3.4% 4,052
July
2016
4.9% 3.9% 3.2% 3,846
June
2016
4.9% 3.8% 3.2% 3,804
May
2016
4.7% 3.8% 3.0% 3,597
April
2016
5.0% 3.8% 3.0% 3,648
March
2016
5.0% 3.8% 3.1% 3,806
February
2016
4.9% 3.7% 3.1% 3,812
January
2016
4.9% 3.7% 3.1% 3,748
December
2015
5.0% 3.7% 3.1% 3,746

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.