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Worcester, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Worcester fell 0.0 percentage points in July 2021 to 5.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 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 July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Massachusetts 4.9% 0.0 -4.9
Worcester 5.5% 0.0 -4.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 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 April 2020 at 49,013. There are now 29,885 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Worcester 19,128 -82 -13,895

Number of Unemployed Persons

Worcester, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Worcester
Unemployment Rate
Worcester
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 4.9% 5.5% 19,128
June
2021
5.9% 4.9% 5.5% 19,210
May
2021
5.8% 5.0% 5.7% 19,835
April
2021
6.1% 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
6.3% 7.8% 7.3% 25,851
December
2020
6.7% 8.4% 8.2% 29,007
November
2020
6.7% 8.4% 8.2% 28,944
October
2020
6.9% 8.5% 8.3% 29,049
September
2020
7.8% 8.9% 8.5% 29,573

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.