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Rochester, Minnesota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rochester fell 0.2 percentage points in May 2018 to 2.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Minnesota rate. The unemployment rate in Rochester peaked in June 2009 at 6.8% and is now 4.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Rochester unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
Minnesota 3.1% -0.1 -0.4
Rochester 2.5% -0.2 -0.4
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: 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 4,941 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Rochester 3,012 -293 -480

Number of Unemployed Persons

Rochester, Minnesota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployed
June
2018
4.0%
May
2018
3.8% 3.1% 2.5% 3,012
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
November
2017
4.1% 3.3% 2.9% 3,519
October
2017
4.1% 3.3% 2.8% 3,389
September
2017
4.2% 3.3% 2.8% 3,401
August
2017
4.4% 3.4% 2.8% 3,442
July
2017
4.3% 3.4% 2.8% 3,424

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.