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Worcester, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Worcester fell 0.2 percentage points in July 2022 to 3.6%. 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 15.4% and is now 11.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Worcester unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.1 -1.9
Massachusetts 3.5% -0.2 -2.2
Worcester 3.6% -0.2 -2.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2022 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 51,044. There are now 38,305 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons July 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Worcester 12,739 -568 -7,726

Number of Unemployed Persons

Worcester, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Worcester
Unemployment Rate
Worcester
Unemployed
August
2022
3.7%
July
2022
3.5% 3.5% 3.6% 12,739
June
2022
3.6% 3.7% 3.8% 13,307
May
2022
3.6% 3.9% 3.9% 13,999
April
2022
3.6% 4.1% 4.1% 14,659
March
2022
3.6% 4.3% 4.3% 15,451
February
2022
3.8% 4.7% 4.6% 16,457
January
2022
4.0% 4.8% 4.9% 17,428
December
2021
3.9% 4.6% 5.1% 18,206
November
2021
4.2% 4.8% 5.0% 18,125
October
2021
4.6% 5.0% 5.1% 18,212
September
2021
4.7% 5.1% 5.2% 18,824

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.