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Rochester, Minnesota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rochester rose 0.1 percentage points in December 2015 to 3.1%. 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 3.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.0% in November 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Rochester unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Minnesota 3.5% -0.1 -0.2
Rochester 3.1% +0.1 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2015 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 7,953. There are now 4,306 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,549 in November 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 98. Rochester employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Rochester, Minnesota) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Rochester 3,647 +98 -271

Number of Unemployed Persons

Rochester, Minnesota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 3.5% 3.1% 3,647
November
2015
5.0% 3.6% 3.0% 3,549
October
2015
5.0% 3.7% 3.1% 3,575
September
2015
5.1% 3.8% 3.1% 3,600
August
2015
5.1% 4.0% 3.3% 3,811
July
2015
5.3% 4.0% 3.4% 4,005
June
2015
5.3% 3.9% 3.4% 4,009
May
2015
5.5% 3.8% 3.5% 4,106
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

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.