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Worcester, Massachusetts Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Worcester fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2018 to 3.8%. 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 November 2009 at 9.4% and is now 5.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in December 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Worcester unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
Massachusetts 3.5% 0.0 -0.3
Worcester 3.8% 0.0 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2018 data as June 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 17,664 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 12,754 in December 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 934.

Unemployed Persons May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Worcester 13,688 -165 -666

Number of Unemployed Persons

Worcester, Massachusetts Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Massachusetts
Unemployment Rate
Worcester
Unemployment Rate
Worcester
Unemployed
June
2018
4.0%
May
2018
3.8% 3.5% 3.8% 13,688
April
2018
3.9% 3.5% 3.8% 13,853
March
2018
4.1% 3.5% 3.8% 13,811
February
2018
4.1% 3.5% 3.8% 13,549
January
2018
4.1% 3.5% 3.6% 12,788
December
2017
4.1% 3.5% 3.6% 12,754
November
2017
4.1% 3.5% 3.7% 12,954
October
2017
4.1% 3.5% 3.7% 13,166
September
2017
4.2% 3.6% 3.8% 13,452
August
2017
4.4% 3.6% 3.9% 13,773
July
2017
4.3% 3.7% 4.0% 13,980

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.