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Rochester, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rochester fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2014 to 6.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the New York rate. The unemployment rate in Rochester peaked in December 2009 at 8.4% and is now 2.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Rochester unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% +0.1 -1.0
New York 6.8% 0.0 -1.2
Rochester 6.2% -0.1 -1.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2014 data as March 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 January 2010 at 44,138. There are now 12,040 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Rochester employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Rochester, New York) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Rochester 32,098 -675 -10,259

Number of Unemployed Persons

Rochester, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployed
March
2014
6.7%
February
2014
6.7% 6.8% 6.2% 32,098
January
2014
6.6% 6.8% 6.3% 32,773
December
2013
6.7% 7.0% 6.7% 34,687
November
2013
7.0% 7.1% 7.0% 36,539
October
2013
7.2% 7.4% 7.1% 37,143
September
2013
7.2% 7.5% 7.1% 36,810
August
2013
7.2% 7.7% 7.0% 36,410
July
2013
7.3% 7.7% 7.0% 36,326
June
2013
7.5% 7.8% 7.2% 37,389
May
2013
7.5% 7.8% 7.5% 38,896
April
2013
7.5% 7.8% 7.7% 40,293
March
2013
7.5% 7.9% 7.9% 41,489

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.