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Rochester, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rochester fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.7%. 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 January 2010 at 8.3% and is now 4.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Rochester unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
New York 3.9% 0.0 -0.6
Rochester 3.7% -0.1 -1.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 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 February 2010 at 45,229. There are now 26,080 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 February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Rochester 19,149 -870 -7,293

Number of Unemployed Persons

Rochester, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 4.0%
February
2019
3.8% 3.9% 3.7% 19,149
January
2019
4.0% 3.9% 3.8% 20,019
December
2018
3.9% 3.9% 3.9% 20,634
November
2018
3.7% 3.9% 3.8% 19,993
October
2018
3.8% 3.8% 3.9% 20,615
September
2018
3.7% 3.8% 4.0% 21,237
August
2018
3.8% 3.9% 4.3% 22,379
July
2018
3.9% 4.0% 4.2% 22,009
June
2018
4.0% 4.1% 4.3% 22,571
May
2018
3.8% 4.2% 4.5% 23,520
April
2018
3.9% 4.3% 5.0% 26,166

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.