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Rochester, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rochester fell 0.2 percentage points in May 2016 to 4.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the New York rate. The unemployment rate in Rochester peaked in January 2010 at 8.3% and is now 3.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in February 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Rochester unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.3 -0.8
New York 4.7% -0.2 -0.7
Rochester 4.6% -0.2 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2016 data as June 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 21,174 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 23,029 in February 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 964. Rochester employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Rochester, New York) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Rochester 23,993 -1,065 -4,547

Number of Unemployed Persons

Rochester, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployed
June
2016
4.9% 4.7%
May
2016
4.7% 4.7% 4.6% 23,993
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
November
2015
5.0% 4.9% 5.0% 25,974
October
2015
5.0% 4.9% 5.0% 26,260
September
2015
5.1% 5.0% 5.1% 26,495
August
2015
5.1% 5.0% 5.1% 26,800
July
2015
5.3% 5.1% 5.2% 27,262

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.