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Rochester, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rochester fell 0.2 percentage points in May 2021 to 5.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.0 percentage points lower than the New York rate. The unemployment rate in Rochester peaked in April 2020 at 16.0% and is now 10.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.8% in December 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Rochester unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
New York 7.8% -0.4 -7.9
Rochester 5.8% -0.2 -6.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2021 data as June 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 79,207. There are now 49,228 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 29,657 in December 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 322. Rochester employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Rochester, New York) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Rochester 29,979 -958 -32,737

Number of Unemployed Persons

Rochester, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployed
June
2021
5.9%
May
2021
5.8% 7.8% 5.8% 29,979
April
2021
6.1% 8.2% 6.0% 30,937
March
2021
6.0% 8.4% 6.0% 31,203
February
2021
6.2% 8.9% 6.0% 30,907
January
2021
6.3% 8.8% 5.9% 30,215
December
2020
6.7% 8.7% 5.8% 29,657
November
2020
6.7% 8.7% 6.1% 31,164
October
2020
6.9% 8.7% 6.4% 32,796
September
2020
7.8% 10.0% 6.7% 34,307
August
2020
8.4% 11.7% 9.1% 47,524
July
2020
10.2% 14.7% 11.7% 61,637

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.