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Rochester, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rochester fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2015 to 4.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the New York rate. The unemployment rate in Rochester peaked in January 2010 at 8.3% and is now 3.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Rochester unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
New York 4.8% 0.0 -1.0
Rochester 4.8% -0.1 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2015 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 45,121. There are now 19,697 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 December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Rochester 25,424 -744 -3,005

Number of Unemployed Persons

Rochester, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 4.8% 4.8% 25,424
November
2015
5.0% 4.8% 4.9% 26,168
October
2015
5.0% 4.8% 5.0% 26,638
September
2015
5.1% 5.1% 5.1% 27,096
August
2015
5.1% 5.2% 5.1% 26,944
July
2015
5.3% 5.4% 5.2% 27,563
June
2015
5.3% 5.5% 5.2% 27,453
May
2015
5.5% 5.7% 5.4% 28,464
April
2015
5.4% 5.7% 5.3% 28,031
March
2015
5.5% 5.7% 5.1% 26,776
February
2015
5.5% 5.8% 5.3% 27,356

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.