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Rochester, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rochester fell 3.7 percentage points in May 2020 to 11.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.9 percentage points lower than the New York rate. The unemployment rate in Rochester peaked in April 2020 at 15.3% and is now 3.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Rochester unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
New York 14.5% -0.8 +10.5
Rochester 11.6% -3.7 +7.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 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 77,917. There are now 18,679 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 May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Rochester 59,238 -18,679 +38,438

Number of Unemployed Persons

Rochester, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 14.5% 11.6% 59,238
April
2020
14.7% 15.3% 15.3% 77,917
March
2020
4.4% 4.1% 4.6% 23,983
February
2020
3.5% 3.7% 4.1% 21,744
January
2020
3.6% 3.8% 4.3% 22,321
December
2019
3.5% 3.9% 4.4% 23,045
November
2019
3.5% 3.9% 4.4% 22,807
October
2019
3.6% 3.9% 4.3% 22,527
September
2019
3.5% 3.9% 4.3% 22,209
August
2019
3.7% 3.9% 4.2% 21,847
July
2019
3.7% 3.9% 4.1% 21,460

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.