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Rochester, Minnesota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rochester rose 0.2 percentage points in August 2017 to 3.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 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 August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.1 -0.5
Minnesota 3.8% +0.1 -0.2
Rochester 3.2% +0.2 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2017 data as September 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 4,163 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,558 in August 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 232.

Unemployed Persons August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Rochester 3,790 +170 -187

Number of Unemployed Persons

Rochester, Minnesota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployed
September
2017
4.2% 3.7%
August
2017
4.4% 3.8% 3.2% 3,790
July
2017
4.3% 3.7% 3.0% 3,620
June
2017
4.4% 3.7% 3.1% 3,758
May
2017
4.3% 3.7% 3.1% 3,730
April
2017
4.4% 3.8% 3.0% 3,568
March
2017
4.5% 3.8% 3.0% 3,611
February
2017
4.7% 4.0% 3.4% 4,034
January
2017
4.8% 4.0% 3.5% 4,125
December
2016
4.7% 4.0% 3.5% 4,185
November
2016
4.6% 4.0% 3.5% 4,149
October
2016
4.8% 4.0% 3.5% 4,136

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.