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Rochester, Minnesota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rochester rose 2.9 percentage points in May 2020 to 10.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Minnesota rate. The unemployment rate for Rochester in May 2020 is at a new high. You can also compare Rochester unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Minnesota 9.9% +1.2 +6.7
Rochester 10.0% +2.9 +7.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Rochester, Minnesota, National

Rochester, Minnesota monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Rochester, Minnesota Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Rochester in May 2020 is at a new high of 12,444.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Rochester 12,444 +3,587 +9,052

Number of Unemployed Persons

Rochester, Minnesota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 8.6%
May
2020
13.3% 9.9% 10.0% 12,444
April
2020
14.7% 8.7% 7.1% 8,857
March
2020
4.4% 2.9% 2.6% 3,249
February
2020
3.5% 3.1% 2.7% 3,358
January
2020
3.6% 3.2% 2.7% 3,454
December
2019
3.5% 3.3% 2.9% 3,691
November
2019
3.5% 3.3% 2.9% 3,625
October
2019
3.6% 3.3% 2.8% 3,553
September
2019
3.5% 3.2% 2.8% 3,489
August
2019
3.7% 3.2% 2.7% 3,438

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.