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Rochester, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rochester fell 0.2 percentage points in June 2015 to 5.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the New York rate. The unemployment rate in Rochester peaked in January 2010 at 8.3% and is now 3.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.1% in March 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Rochester unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate June 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.3% -0.2 -0.8
New York 5.5% -0.2 -0.8
Rochester 5.2% -0.2 -0.6
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 45,121. There are now 17,545 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 26,776 in March 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 800. Rochester employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Rochester, New York) is also available.

Unemployed Persons June 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Rochester 27,576 -888 -2,920

Number of Unemployed Persons

Rochester, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployed
June
2015
5.3% 5.5% 5.2% 27,576
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
January
2015
5.7% 5.8% 5.4% 28,062
December
2014
5.6% 5.8% 5.5% 28,429
November
2014
5.8% 5.8% 5.6% 28,950
October
2014
5.7% 5.9% 5.6% 29,316
September
2014
5.9% 6.0% 5.7% 29,739
August
2014
6.1% 6.0% 5.8% 30,263
July
2014
6.2% 6.1% 5.8% 30,457

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.