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Rochester, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rochester fell 0.0 percentage points in July 2019 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the New York rate. The unemployment rate in Rochester peaked in December 2009 at 8.3% and is now 4.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.8% in March 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Rochester unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
New York 4.0% 0.0 0.0
Rochester 3.8% 0.0 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August 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 February 2010 at 45,002. There are now 25,137 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 19,758 in June 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 107. Rochester employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Rochester, New York) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Rochester 19,865 +107 -1,368

Number of Unemployed Persons

Rochester, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 4.0%
July
2019
3.7% 4.0% 3.8% 19,865
June
2019
3.7% 4.0% 3.8% 19,758
May
2019
3.6% 4.0% 3.8% 20,099
April
2019
3.6% 3.9% 3.8% 20,070
March
2019
3.8% 3.9% 3.8% 20,142
February
2019
3.8% 3.9% 3.9% 20,215
January
2019
4.0% 3.9% 3.9% 20,604
December
2018
3.9% 3.9% 4.0% 20,870
November
2018
3.7% 3.9% 4.0% 20,815
October
2018
3.8% 3.8% 3.9% 20,700

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.