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Worcester, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Worcester fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 7.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Massachusetts rate. The unemployment rate in Worcester peaked in June 2020 at 15.9% and is now 8.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.9% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Worcester unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Massachusetts 7.1% -0.7 +4.3
Worcester 7.1% -0.1 +4.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March 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 June 2020 at 56,226. There are now 31,447 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 24,139 in October 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 640.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Worcester 24,779 -412 +13,549

Number of Unemployed Persons

Worcester, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Worcester
Unemployment Rate
Worcester
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 7.1% 7.1% 24,779
January
2021
6.3% 7.8% 7.2% 25,191
December
2020
6.7% 8.4% 7.6% 27,079
November
2020
6.7% 8.4% 7.0% 24,589
October
2020
6.9% 8.5% 6.9% 24,139
September
2020
7.8% 8.9% 9.0% 32,651
August
2020
8.4% 9.3% 10.3% 35,508
July
2020
10.2% 9.8% 14.6% 52,048
June
2020
11.1% 14.8% 15.9% 56,226
May
2020
13.3% 15.3% 14.8% 50,208
April
2020
14.8% 16.4% 14.6% 47,899

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.