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Rochester, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rochester fell 0.0 percentage points in April 2022 to 3.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points lower than the New York rate. The unemployment rate in Rochester peaked in April 2020 at 16.6% and is now 13.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.4% in March 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Rochester unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
New York 4.5% -0.1 -3.3
Rochester 3.4% 0.0 -2.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 86,259. There are now 68,678 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Rochester employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Rochester, New York) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Rochester 17,581 -248 -11,600

Number of Unemployed Persons

Rochester, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 4.5% 3.4% 17,581
March
2022
3.6% 4.6% 3.4% 17,829
February
2022
3.8% 4.9% 3.5% 18,185
January
2022
4.0% 5.3% 3.7% 19,147
December
2021
3.9% 5.4% 4.0% 20,558
November
2021
4.2% 5.4% 4.0% 20,451
October
2021
4.6% 5.7% 4.0% 20,778
September
2021
4.7% 6.0% 4.3% 22,190
August
2021
5.2% 6.6% 4.6% 23,936
July
2021
5.4% 6.9% 5.0% 25,696
June
2021
5.9% 7.4% 5.3% 27,189

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.