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Worcester, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Worcester fell 1.4 percentage points in July 2020 to 14.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.7 percentage points lower than the Massachusetts rate. The unemployment rate in Worcester peaked in June 2020 at 15.9% and is now 1.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Worcester unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 10.2% -0.9 +6.5
Massachusetts 16.2% -1.5 +13.3
Worcester 14.5% -1.4 +11.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2020 data as August 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 4,492 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons July 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Worcester 51,734 -4,492 +40,210

Number of Unemployed Persons

Worcester, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Worcester
Unemployment Rate
Worcester
Unemployed
August
2020
8.4% 11.3%
July
2020
10.2% 16.2% 14.5% 51,734
June
2020
11.1% 17.7% 15.9% 56,226
May
2020
13.3% 16.6% 14.8% 50,208
April
2020
14.7% 16.2% 14.6% 47,899
March
2020
4.4% 2.8% 2.8% 10,306
February
2020
3.5% 2.8% 3.1% 11,230
January
2020
3.6% 2.8% 3.1% 11,166
December
2019
3.5% 2.8% 3.0% 11,029
November
2019
3.5% 2.8% 3.0% 11,095
October
2019
3.6% 2.8% 3.1% 11,190
September
2019
3.5% 2.8% 3.1% 11,294

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.