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Worcester, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Worcester fell 0.0 percentage points in November 2021 to 5.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Massachusetts rate. The unemployment rate in Worcester peaked in April 2020 at 15.0% and is now 9.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.5% in June 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Worcester unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Massachusetts 5.4% +0.1 -3.0
Worcester 5.5% 0.0 -2.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Worcester, Massachusetts, National

Worcester, Massachusetts monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Worcester, Massachusetts Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Worcester peaked in April 2020 at 49,013. There are now 29,630 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 19,108 in July 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 275.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Worcester 19,383 -32 -9,561

Number of Unemployed Persons

Worcester, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Worcester
Unemployment Rate
Worcester
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 5.4% 5.5% 19,383
October
2021
4.6% 5.3% 5.5% 19,415
September
2021
4.7% 5.2% 5.5% 19,210
August
2021
5.2% 5.0% 5.5% 19,219
July
2021
5.4% 4.9% 5.5% 19,108
June
2021
5.9% 4.9% 5.5% 19,210
May
2021
5.8% 5.0% 5.7% 19,835
April
2021
6.0% 6.4% 6.8% 23,613
March
2021
6.0% 6.7% 7.0% 24,428
February
2021
6.2% 7.0% 7.3% 25,342
January
2021
6.4% 7.8% 7.3% 25,851

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.