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Rochester, Minnesota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rochester fell 0.0 percentage points in December 2014 to 3.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 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 3.2% in November 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Rochester unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
Minnesota 3.6% -0.1 -1.1
Rochester 3.2% 0.0 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2014 data as January 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 3,756 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Rochester employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Rochester, Minnesota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Rochester 3,371 -26 -858

Number of Unemployed Persons

Rochester, Minnesota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployed
January
2015
5.7%
December
2014
5.6% 3.6% 3.2% 3,371
November
2014
5.8% 3.7% 3.2% 3,397
October
2014
5.7% 3.9% 3.3% 3,538
September
2014
5.9% 4.1% 3.5% 3,697
August
2014
6.1% 4.3% 3.7% 3,858
July
2014
6.2% 4.5% 3.8% 4,048
June
2014
6.1% 4.5% 4.0% 4,198
May
2014
6.3% 4.6% 4.1% 4,325
April
2014
6.2% 4.7% 4.2% 4,425
March
2014
6.6% 4.8% 4.2% 4,455
February
2014
6.7% 4.8% 4.1% 4,372

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.