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Rochester, Minnesota Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rochester fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2019 to 2.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Minnesota rate. The unemployment rate in Rochester peaked in June 2009 at 6.8% and is now 4.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.3% in June 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Rochester unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -0.2
Minnesota 3.3% 0.0 +0.4
Rochester 2.8% 0.0 +0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2019 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 7,870. There are now 4,365 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,858 in July 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 647.

Unemployed Persons May 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Rochester 3,505 +48 +548

Number of Unemployed Persons

Rochester, Minnesota Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Minnesota
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployed
June
2019
3.7%
May
2019
3.6% 3.3% 2.8% 3,505
April
2019
3.6% 3.3% 2.8% 3,457
March
2019
3.8% 3.2% 2.7% 3,400
February
2019
3.8% 3.1% 2.6% 3,279
January
2019
4.0% 3.0% 2.6% 3,225
December
2018
3.9% 2.9% 2.5% 3,117
November
2018
3.7% 2.9% 2.5% 3,116
October
2018
3.8% 2.8% 2.5% 3,071
September
2018
3.7% 2.8% 2.4% 2,978
August
2018
3.8% 2.8% 2.3% 2,894
July
2018
3.9% 2.8% 2.3% 2,858

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.