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Rochester, Minnesota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rochester fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2021 to 3.7%. 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 May 2020 at 9.7% and is now 6.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Rochester unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Minnesota 4.3% -0.2 +1.0
Rochester 3.7% -0.2 +1.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March 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 May 2020 at 12,384. There are now 7,706 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Rochester 4,678 -138 +1,320

Number of Unemployed Persons

Rochester, Minnesota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 4.3% 3.7% 4,678
January
2021
6.3% 4.5% 3.9% 4,816
December
2020
6.7% 4.7% 4.0% 4,915
November
2020
6.7% 5.0% 4.1% 5,020
October
2020
6.9% 5.3% 4.2% 5,115
September
2020
7.8% 5.8% 4.7% 5,705
August
2020
8.4% 6.6% 6.2% 7,687
July
2020
10.2% 7.6% 6.9% 8,494
June
2020
11.1% 8.9% 8.4% 10,486
May
2020
13.3% 11.3% 9.7% 12,384
April
2020
14.8% 9.0% 7.1% 8,857

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.