Department of Numbers

Rochester, New York Job Growth

There were 488,800 jobs in Rochester, New York in November 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 470,442 employed persons for the month. Rochester added 1,500 jobs in November 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 6,552 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Rochester job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 488,800 +1,500 -50,300
CPS 470,442 +6,552 -30,171

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 542,200. Since then 53,400 jobs have been lost in Rochester according to the employer survey. From a trough of 441,000 in April 2020, Rochester has gained 47,800 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 525,992 for Rochester in April 2000. 55,550 jobs have been lost in Rochester since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 429,963, Rochester has added 40,479 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2020

Rochester, New York Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2020 488,800 1,500 470,442 6,552
October 2020 487,300 2,900 463,890 -6,504
September 2020 484,400 8,900 470,394 5,871
August 2020 475,500 5,100 464,523 9,101
July 2020 470,400 3,000 455,422 1,045
June 2020 467,400 22,200 454,377 477
May 2020 445,200 4,200 453,900 23,937
April 2020 441,000 -96,000 429,963 -69,077
March 2020 537,000 -4,000 499,040 -4,180
February 2020 541,000 500 503,220 1,624
January 2020 540,500 2,100 501,596 721
December 2019 538,400 -700 500,875 262