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Rochester, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rochester fell 0.2 percentage points in January 2017 to 4.6%. 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 3.7 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 January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% +0.1 -0.1
New York 4.6% -0.2 -0.3
Rochester 4.6% -0.2 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2017 data as February 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 21,612 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 724. Rochester employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Rochester, New York) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Rochester 23,555 -1,542 -497

Number of Unemployed Persons

Rochester, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployed
February
2017
4.7%
January
2017
4.8% 4.6% 4.6% 23,555
December
2016
4.7% 4.8% 4.8% 25,097
November
2016
4.6% 4.9% 4.9% 25,584
October
2016
4.8% 4.9% 5.0% 26,187
September
2016
4.9% 4.9% 4.9% 25,359
August
2016
4.9% 4.9% 4.7% 24,181
July
2016
4.9% 4.9% 4.5% 23,296
June
2016
4.9% 4.9% 4.4% 22,831
May
2016
4.7% 4.8% 4.6% 23,989
April
2016
5.0% 4.8% 4.8% 25,058
March
2016
5.0% 4.8% 4.5% 23,710

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.