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Rochester, New York Job Growth

There were 500,200 jobs in Rochester, New York in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 488,749 employed persons for the month. Rochester added 400 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 1,007 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Rochester job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 500,200 +400 -38,600
CPS 488,749 -1,007 -14,471

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Rochester, New York Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Rochester as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment for Rochester, New York

CES employment for Rochester peaked in April 2019 at 541,800. Since then 41,600 jobs have been lost in Rochester according to the employer survey. From a trough of 441,700 in April 2020, Rochester has gained 58,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 525,992 for Rochester in April 2000. 37,243 jobs have been lost in Rochester since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 429,963, Rochester has added 58,786 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Rochester, New York Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 500,200 400 488,749 -1,007
January 2021 499,800 10,700 489,756 20,723
December 2020 489,100 -2,200 469,033 -223
November 2020 491,300 1,500 469,256 5,366
October 2020 489,800 200 463,890 -6,504
September 2020 489,600 8,100 470,394 5,871
August 2020 481,500 9,200 464,523 9,101
July 2020 472,300 3,800 455,422 1,045
June 2020 468,500 16,800 454,377 477
May 2020 451,700 10,000 453,900 23,937
April 2020 441,700 -92,300 429,963 -69,077
March 2020 534,000 -4,800 499,040 -4,180