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Rochester, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rochester fell 0.1 percentage points in September 2014 to 5.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the New York rate. The unemployment rate in Rochester peaked in December 2009 at 8.4% and is now 2.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Rochester unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.9% -0.2 -1.3
New York 6.2% -0.2 -1.3
Rochester 5.8% -0.1 -1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1

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 44,141. There are now 14,392 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 September 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Rochester 29,749 -413 -6,141

Number of Unemployed Persons

Rochester, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployed
September
2014
5.9% 6.2% 5.8% 29,749
August
2014
6.1% 6.4% 5.9% 30,162
July
2014
6.2% 6.6% 5.9% 30,162
June
2014
6.1% 6.6% 5.9% 30,467
May
2014
6.3% 6.7% 6.0% 31,077
April
2014
6.3% 6.7% 6.1% 31,549
March
2014
6.7% 6.9% 6.3% 32,471
February
2014
6.7% 6.8% 6.2% 32,216
January
2014
6.6% 6.8% 6.3% 32,377
December
2013
6.7% 7.0% 6.5% 33,648
November
2013
7.0% 7.1% 6.6% 34,370
October
2013
7.2% 7.4% 6.8% 35,144
September
2013
7.2% 7.5% 6.9% 35,890

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.