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Rochester, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rochester rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2016 to 5.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the New York rate. The unemployment rate in Rochester peaked in January 2010 at 8.3% and is now 3.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in February 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Rochester unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
New York 5.2% +0.2 +0.3
Rochester 5.0% +0.1 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2016 data as November 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 18,966 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 22,831 in June 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,370. Rochester employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Rochester, New York) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Rochester 26,201 +842 -59

Number of Unemployed Persons

Rochester, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployed
November
2016
4.6%
October
2016
4.9% 5.2% 5.0% 26,201
September
2016
5.0% 5.0% 4.9% 25,359
August
2016
4.9% 4.8% 4.7% 24,181
July
2016
4.9% 4.7% 4.5% 23,296
June
2016
4.9% 4.7% 4.4% 22,831
May
2016
4.7% 4.7% 4.6% 23,989
April
2016
5.0% 4.9% 4.8% 25,058
March
2016
5.0% 4.8% 4.5% 23,710
February
2016
4.9% 4.8% 4.4% 23,029
January
2016
4.9% 4.9% 4.6% 24,052
December
2015
5.0% 5.0% 4.9% 25,662

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.