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Rochester, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rochester fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2017 to 4.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the New York rate. The unemployment rate in Rochester peaked in January 2010 at 8.3% and is now 3.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in January 2016, 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 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.3% -0.1 -0.4
New York 4.4% +0.1 -0.4
Rochester 4.7% 0.0 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2017 data as June metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Rochester, New York, National

Rochester, New York monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Rochester, New York Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Rochester peaked in February 2010 at 45,167. There are now 20,639 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 23,221 in March 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,307. Rochester employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Rochester, New York) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Rochester 24,528 +287 +457

Number of Unemployed Persons

Rochester, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployed
June
2017
4.4% 4.5%
May
2017
4.3% 4.4% 4.7% 24,528
April
2017
4.4% 4.3% 4.7% 24,241
March
2017
4.5% 4.3% 4.5% 23,221
February
2017
4.7% 4.4% 4.6% 23,882
January
2017
4.8% 4.6% 4.6% 23,534
December
2016
4.7% 4.8% 4.8% 25,027
November
2016
4.6% 4.9% 4.9% 25,278
October
2016
4.8% 4.9% 4.9% 25,644
September
2016
4.9% 4.9% 4.9% 25,650
August
2016
4.9% 4.9% 4.8% 25,165
July
2016
4.9% 4.9% 4.7% 24,517

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.