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Rochester, Minnesota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rochester fell 0.0 percentage points in January 2017 to 3.4%. 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 3.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.0% in August 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Rochester unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% +0.1 -0.1
Minnesota 4.0% 0.0 +0.1
Rochester 3.4% 0.0 +0.3
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: 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 3,846 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 510.

Unemployed Persons January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Rochester 4,107 -4 +359

Number of Unemployed Persons

Rochester, Minnesota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployed
February
2017
4.7%
January
2017
4.8% 4.0% 3.4% 4,107
December
2016
4.7% 4.0% 3.4% 4,111
November
2016
4.6% 4.0% 3.2% 3,835
October
2016
4.8% 4.0% 3.3% 3,869
September
2016
4.9% 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% 3.9% 3.2% 3,804
May
2016
4.7% 3.9% 3.0% 3,597
April
2016
5.0% 3.8% 3.0% 3,648
March
2016
5.0% 3.9% 3.1% 3,806

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.