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Rochester, Minnesota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rochester fell 0.0 percentage points in March 2020 to 2.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Minnesota rate. The unemployment rate in Rochester peaked in June 2009 at 6.8% and is now 4.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.3% in July 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Rochester unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.9 +0.6
Minnesota 2.9% -0.2 -0.3
Rochester 2.7% 0.0 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2020 data as April 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 7,870. There are now 4,548 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,883 in July 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 439.

Unemployed Persons March 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Rochester 3,322 -36 -113

Number of Unemployed Persons

Rochester, Minnesota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployed
April
2020
14.7% 8.1%
March
2020
4.4% 2.9% 2.7% 3,322
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
July
2019
3.7% 3.2% 2.7% 3,406
June
2019
3.7% 3.2% 2.7% 3,388
May
2019
3.6% 3.2% 2.7% 3,392

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.