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Rochester, Minnesota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rochester rose 0.1 percentage points in May 2015 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Minnesota rate. The unemployment rate in Rochester peaked in June 2009 at 6.8% and is now 3.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in August 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Rochester unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% +0.1 -0.8
Minnesota 3.8% +0.1 -0.3
Rochester 3.5% +0.1 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1

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 3,848 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,853 in October 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 252. Rochester employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Rochester, Minnesota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Rochester 4,105 +126 -179

Number of Unemployed Persons

Rochester, Minnesota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployed
May
2015
5.5% 3.8% 3.5% 4,105
April
2015
5.4% 3.7% 3.4% 3,979
March
2015
5.5% 3.8% 3.5% 4,126
February
2015
5.5% 3.7% 3.4% 3,999
January
2015
5.7% 3.7% 3.3% 3,952
December
2014
5.6% 3.7% 3.3% 3,918
November
2014
5.8% 3.7% 3.3% 3,896
October
2014
5.7% 3.7% 3.3% 3,853
September
2014
5.9% 3.7% 3.3% 3,866
August
2014
6.1% 3.7% 3.3% 3,922
July
2014
6.2% 3.8% 3.4% 3,987
June
2014
6.1% 3.9% 3.5% 4,097

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.