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Worcester, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Worcester fell 0.0 percentage points in August 2019 to 3.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Massachusetts rate. The unemployment rate in Worcester peaked in December 2009 at 9.5% and is now 6.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in April 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Worcester unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Massachusetts 2.9% 0.0 -0.4
Worcester 3.2% 0.0 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September 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 31,332. There are now 19,780 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Worcester 11,552 -66 -1,234

Number of Unemployed Persons

Worcester, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Worcester
Unemployment Rate
Worcester
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 2.9%
August
2019
3.7% 2.9% 3.2% 11,552
July
2019
3.7% 2.9% 3.2% 11,618
June
2019
3.7% 3.0% 3.3% 11,929
May
2019
3.6% 3.0% 3.3% 11,996
April
2019
3.6% 2.9% 3.2% 11,822
March
2019
3.8% 3.0% 3.3% 11,973
February
2019
3.8% 3.0% 3.3% 12,065
January
2019
4.0% 3.1% 3.4% 12,291
December
2018
3.9% 3.1% 3.4% 12,364
November
2018
3.7% 3.1% 3.4% 12,335
October
2018
3.8% 3.1% 3.4% 12,350

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.