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Rochester, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Rochester fell 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the New York rate. The unemployment rate in Rochester peaked in January 2010 at 8.3% and is now 4.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Rochester unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
New York 4.0% -0.1 -0.7
Rochester 3.9% -0.1 -1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 24,576 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 October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Rochester 20,653 -584 -6,193

Number of Unemployed Persons

Rochester, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployment Rate
Rochester
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.0% 3.9% 20,653
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 4.0% 21,237
August
2018
3.9% 4.2% 4.3% 22,379
July
2018
3.9% 4.3% 4.2% 22,009
June
2018
4.0% 4.5% 4.3% 22,571
May
2018
3.8% 4.5% 4.5% 23,520
April
2018
3.9% 4.6% 5.0% 26,166
March
2018
4.1% 4.6% 5.1% 26,485
February
2018
4.1% 4.6% 5.1% 26,442
January
2018
4.1% 4.7% 5.0% 25,993
December
2017
4.1% 4.7% 5.2% 27,010

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.