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Rochester, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rochester rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2014 to 5.9%. 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 December 2009 at 8.4% and is now 2.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.8% in September 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Rochester unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.1 -1.4
New York 6.0% -0.2 -1.4
Rochester 5.9% +0.1 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2014 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 44,141. There are now 14,379 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 29,745 in September 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 17. Rochester employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Rochester, New York) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Rochester 29,762 +17 -5,382

Number of Unemployed Persons

Rochester, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployed
November
2014
5.8% 5.9%
October
2014
5.8% 6.0% 5.9% 29,762
September
2014
5.9% 6.2% 5.8% 29,745
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

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.