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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

What does this measure?

Unemployed individuals are those without jobs who are able, available and actively seeking work. The unemployment rate is the number of unemployed people as a percentage of the total labor force (the total number of employed and unemployed individuals 16 or older and not living in prisons, mental hospitals or nursing homes).

Why is this important?

Unemployment rates are a relatively timely indicator of current local economic conditions, particularly recent changes in the employment landscape that reflect the overall health of the economy.

How is our region performing?

In 2018, the unemployment rate for the 9-county Rochester region was 4.2%, down from the previous year's rate of 4.9% and a high of 8.1% in 2010. The region's 2018 rate was somewhat above unemployment at the state and national levels (4.1% and 3.9%, respectively). Throughout the decade, the region has generally fared somewhat better than New York State and the nation except for the last year. Orleans and Wyoming had the highest unemployment rates in the region at 4.9% and 4.6% respectively in 2018, while Yates had the lowest unemployment rate in the region at 3.8% followed by Ontario and Seneca both at 3.9%. The City of Rochester unemployment rate in 2018 (6%) has been declining from a high of 11% in 2012.

Notes about the data

The unemployment rate represents only those who are actively seeking employment and does not account for under-employment or discouraged workers who have stopped looking for jobs. Also, county-level estimates are based on relatively small samples, and the true number of unemployed residents may therefore vary considerably from the estimate. The rates reported here are averages of monthly rates.

Unemployment Rate
2000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
United States4.0%4.7%5.8%6.0%5.5%5.1%4.6%4.6%5.8%9.3%9.6%8.9%8.1%7.4%6.2%5.3%4.9%4.4%3.9%
NYS4.5%4.8%6.1%6.4%5.8%5.0%4.5%4.6%5.4%8.3%8.6%8.3%8.5%7.7%6.3%5.3%4.9%4.7%4.1%
NYS (excluding NYC)3.7%4.1%4.9%5.1%5.0%4.5%4.2%4.2%5.3%7.6%8.0%7.7%7.9%6.9%5.6%5.0%4.6%4.7%4.1%
Region3.7%4.2%5.4%5.5%5.3%4.7%4.4%4.5%5.6%7.9%8.1%7.8%8.0%7.0%5.8%5.1%4.7%4.9%4.2%
Monroe3.6%4.1%5.3%5.5%5.2%4.5%4.3%4.4%5.5%7.8%8.0%7.7%7.9%7.0%5.8%5.1%4.7%4.9%4.3%
Surrounding Counties4.0%4.4%5.6%5.7%5.5%4.8%4.6%4.6%5.7%8.0%8.3%7.9%8.1%7.2%5.9%5.2%4.8%4.9%4.2%
Genesee4.0%4.3%5.3%5.5%5.5%4.8%4.5%4.5%5.6%7.6%8.0%7.8%7.9%6.8%5.5%4.9%4.6%4.8%4.2%
Livingston4.1%4.4%5.7%6.0%5.8%5.0%4.8%4.9%5.9%8.4%8.1%7.6%7.8%7.0%5.8%5.3%4.9%5.0%4.3%
Ontario3.6%4.0%5.1%5.2%5.0%4.5%4.3%4.2%5.2%7.3%7.4%7.1%7.3%6.3%5.2%4.7%4.3%4.5%3.9%
Orleans4.7%5.1%6.3%6.9%6.4%5.6%5.6%5.8%6.9%9.3%9.6%9.2%9.7%9.1%7.7%6.4%5.7%5.9%4.9%
Seneca4.2%4.3%5.4%5.4%5.2%4.6%4.5%4.4%5.5%7.6%8.2%7.9%8.0%6.9%5.6%5.1%4.8%4.5%3.9%
Wayne3.8%4.6%6.2%5.9%5.5%4.9%4.6%4.7%5.9%8.3%8.9%8.4%8.6%7.6%6.2%5.3%5.0%5.0%4.2%
Wyoming4.8%4.9%5.7%6.0%6.2%5.2%4.8%4.9%6.2%9.0%9.5%8.7%8.9%7.9%6.5%5.6%5.3%5.6%4.6%
Yates3.7%3.8%4.8%4.8%4.5%4.3%4.2%4.2%4.9%6.7%7.4%7.5%7.8%6.8%5.7%5.0%4.4%4.4%3.8%
Rochester4.5%5.4%6.9%7.1%6.9%5.9%5.7%5.8%7.4%10.2%10.8%10.6%10.8%9.6%8.1%6.9%6.5%6.8%6.0%

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics




Total Unemployed
2000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
United States5,692,0006,801,0008,378,0008,774,0008,149,0007,591,0007,001,0007,078,0008,924,00014,265,00014,825,00013,747,00012,506,00011,460,0009,617,0008,296,0007,751,0006,982,0006,314,000
NYS415,120441,848570,163590,492543,335474,007430,620433,849525,693802,999825,639789,304818,847745,382603,720504,408463,523447,799393,648
NYS (excluding NYC)204,111223,278273,646283,074279,221253,723240,834239,522304,952433,753448,787429,157442,865384,774307,098270,338249,210257,368223,481
Region22,80425,72033,34634,07432,59128,85127,50627,61934,54048,65749,91446,96948,42442,57234,33630,15427,70928,57524,809
Monroe13,32915,33819,88120,40519,35517,07116,21816,46620,67529,45130,40528,68729,65226,13321,15218,50917,02917,75215,459
Surrounding Counties9,47510,38213,46513,66913,23611,78011,28811,15313,86519,20619,50918,28218,77216,43913,18411,64510,68010,8239,350
Genesee1,2941,3831,7391,8091,8351,5901,5061,4931,8842,5252,5412,4062,4422,0871,6641,4891,3611,4071,245
Livingston1,3391,4231,8601,9541,9051,6311,5711,5791,9352,7012,6502,4472,5222,2401,7941,6411,5301,5361,333
Ontario1,9362,1522,8172,8402,7632,5512,4632,3552,9404,1304,1923,9514,0753,5142,8652,5972,3712,4512,172
Orleans9471,0231,2551,3771,2621,1211,1161,1271,3601,8051,8351,7371,8281,7011,3831,1361,0131,030870
Seneca6837069189258988057737569481,3041,3451,2751,2961,105874809736728622
Wayne1,8642,2423,0612,8782,6722,3992,2552,2472,8203,9664,2023,9123,9933,4822,7452,3552,1882,1601,823
Wyoming9629951,2061,2701,3081,1241,0571,0491,3301,8831,8411,6491,6731,4911,1971,0349641,003838
Yates450458609616593559547547648892903905943819662584517508447
Rochester4,4905,3256,7776,8386,5885,6785,4215,4636,9789,67110,39610,08910,3539,0427,4046,3305,8956,1115,411

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics











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