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Rochester, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rochester fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2017 to 5.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the New York rate. The unemployment rate in Rochester peaked in January 2010 at 8.3% and is now 3.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in January 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also compare Rochester unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
New York 4.6% -0.1 -0.2
Rochester 5.2% -0.1 +0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2017 data as January 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 18,128 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 3,818. Rochester employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Rochester, New York) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Rochester 27,039 -429 +2,012

Number of Unemployed Persons

Rochester, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployed
January
2018
4.1%
December
2017
4.1% 4.6% 5.2% 27,039
November
2017
4.1% 4.7% 5.3% 27,468
October
2017
4.1% 4.8% 5.0% 26,105
September
2017
4.2% 4.9% 5.0% 25,844
August
2017
4.4% 4.8% 5.0% 25,935
July
2017
4.3% 4.7% 4.9% 25,187
June
2017
4.3% 4.5% 4.8% 25,006
May
2017
4.3% 4.4% 4.7% 24,510
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

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.