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Worcester, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Worcester fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Massachusetts rate. The unemployment rate in Worcester peaked in November 2009 at 9.4% and is now 6.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Worcester unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Massachusetts 3.0% -0.1 -0.6
Worcester 3.2% -0.2 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 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 January 2010 at 31,352. There are now 19,699 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Worcester 11,653 -730 -1,896

Number of Unemployed Persons

Worcester, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Worcester
Unemployment Rate
Worcester
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.0%
February
2019
3.8% 3.0% 3.2% 11,653
January
2019
4.0% 3.1% 3.4% 12,383
December
2018
3.9% 3.1% 3.3% 12,131
November
2018
3.7% 3.1% 3.3% 12,172
October
2018
3.8% 3.1% 3.6% 13,171
September
2018
3.7% 3.2% 3.6% 13,209
August
2018
3.8% 3.3% 3.9% 14,156
July
2018
3.9% 3.3% 3.9% 14,311
June
2018
4.0% 3.4% 3.8% 14,032
May
2018
3.8% 3.5% 3.8% 13,685
April
2018
3.9% 3.5% 3.8% 13,853

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.