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Rochester, Minnesota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rochester rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 2.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Minnesota rate. The unemployment rate in Rochester peaked in June 2009 at 6.8% and is now 4.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.3% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Rochester unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Minnesota 2.8% 0.0 -0.5
Rochester 2.4% +0.1 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 peaked in June 2009 at 7,953. There are now 4,996 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,828 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 129.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Rochester 2,957 +129 -432

Number of Unemployed Persons

Rochester, Minnesota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 2.8% 2.4% 2,957
September
2018
3.7% 2.8% 2.3% 2,828
August
2018
3.9% 2.9% 2.4% 2,909
July
2018
3.9% 3.0% 2.4% 2,893
June
2018
4.0% 3.1% 2.5% 3,023
May
2018
3.8% 3.1% 2.5% 3,020
April
2018
3.9% 3.2% 2.7% 3,305
March
2018
4.1% 3.2% 2.7% 3,310
February
2018
4.1% 3.2% 2.8% 3,479
January
2018
4.1% 3.3% 2.9% 3,540
December
2017
4.1% 3.3% 3.0% 3,671

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.