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Rochester, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rochester fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2021 to 6.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.7 percentage points lower than the New York rate. The unemployment rate in Rochester peaked in April 2020 at 15.3% and is now 9.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.8% in November 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. 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
New York 8.9% +0.1 +5.0
Rochester 6.2% 0.0 +2.1
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, New York, National

Rochester, New York monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Rochester, New York Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Rochester peaked in April 2020 at 77,917. There are now 45,484 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 29,023 in November 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,410. Rochester employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Rochester, New York) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Rochester 32,433 +258 +10,689

Number of Unemployed Persons

Rochester, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 8.9% 6.2% 32,433
January
2021
6.3% 8.8% 6.2% 32,175
December
2020
6.7% 8.7% 6.4% 31,980
November
2020
6.7% 8.7% 5.8% 29,023
October
2020
6.9% 8.7% 6.5% 32,081
September
2020
7.8% 10.0% 6.4% 32,030
August
2020
8.4% 11.7% 10.0% 51,362
July
2020
10.2% 14.7% 13.0% 67,963
June
2020
11.1% 15.0% 11.4% 58,595
May
2020
13.3% 15.7% 11.5% 58,887
April
2020
14.8% 16.2% 15.3% 77,917

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.