Economy
Unemployment Rate

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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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INDICATORS - Grouped by Topic REGIONAL VALUE YEAR NYS COMPARISON TREND | REGION
Prenatal Care 80% 2016 3 1
Increasing
Prenatal Care, by Race/Ethnicity 0 10 Not Applicable*
Babies Born with Low Birth Weights 8% 2017 3 1
Increasing
Babies Born with Low Birth Weights, Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County 0 10 Not Applicable*
Infant Mortality Rate 6.0 2014-16 2 0
Maintaining
Infant Mortality Rate, Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County 0 10 Not Applicable*
Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels 0.9% 2016 2 -1
Decreasing
Children in Poverty 20% 2013-17 3 1
Increasing
Children in Poverty, Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Single-Parent Families 39% 2013-17 2 1
Increasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Rate of Child Abuse and Neglect 18 2017 2 1
Increasing
Rate of Foster Care Admissions 2.3 2018 2 -1
Decreasing
Rate of Teen Pregnancy 2% 2017 3 -1
Decreasing
Rate of Teen Births 13 2017 2 -1
Decreasing
Arts and Culture Attendance 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Tourism Spending $1,419 2018 1 1
Increasing
Recreation Spending $76 2017 1 -1
Decreasing
Voter Registration Rate 83% 2018 3 1
Increasing
Voter Participation Rate 46% 2018 3 -1
Decreasing
Registered Library Borrowers 61% 2017 3 -1
Decreasing
Library Visits 5.9 2017 3 -1
Decreasing
Charitable Contributions as a Percentage of Income 1.7% 2016 2 0
Maintaining
Households Without Vehicles 10% 2013-17 3 0
Maintaining
Total Population 0.3% 2018 2 0
Maintaining
Population by Age 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Population by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Population by Age and Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Disengaged Youth, Ages 16 to 19 6% 2013-17 3 -1
Decreasing
Median Household Income $54,972 2013-17 1 -1
Decreasing
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Living in Poverty 14% 2013-17 3 1
Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Public Assistance Recipients 2.3% 2018 3 0
Maintaining
Approval Rate for Public Assistance Applications 25% 2018 0 -1
Decreasing
Households Receiving SNAP 14% 2013-17 3 1
Increasing
Households Receiving SNAP by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Tax Filers Receiving Earned Income Tax Credit 16% 2016 3 0
Maintaining
EITC Dollars $177 2016 1 1
Increasing
Change in Total Jobs 0.5% 2017 2 0
Maintaining
Change in Number of Business Establishments by Sector 2017 0 10 Not Applicable*
Change in Jobs by Sector 2017 0 10 Not Applicable*
Sector Shares of Regional Total Employment 2017 0 10 Not Applicable*
Unemployment Rate 4.2% 2018 2 0
Maintaining
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Average Salary by Sector 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Change in Average Salary Since 2000 2.9% 2018 3 1
Increasing
Change in Average Salary Since 2000 by Sector 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Employment-to-Population Ratio 74% 2018 3 -1
Decreasing
Per-Capita Spending for Local Government $3,538 2017 0 1
Increasing
Prekindergarten Participation 45% 2018 2 1
Increasing
School Spending Per Student $22,703 2018 1 1
Increasing
Instructional Spending Per Student $16,363 2018 1 1
Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services 9% 2017 3 1
Increasing
Grade 3 English 44% 2019 2 1
Increasing
Grade 3 English by Student Subgroup 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 3 English by Race/Ethnicity 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 3 Math 49% 2019 2 1
Increasing
Grade 3 Math by Student Subgroup 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 3 Math by Race/Ethnicity 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 8 English 39% 2019 2 1
Increasing
Grade 8 English by Student Subgroup 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 8 English by Race/Ethnicity 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 8 Math 45% 2018 2 -1
Decreasing
Regents Algebra 1 73% 2018 3 1
Increasing
Regents English 78% 2018 2 1
Increasing
Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate 85% 2018 3 1
Increasing
Cohort Graduation Rate, Beyond Four Years 87% 2018 3 1
Increasing
Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Education Levels of Adults 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Education Levels of Adults by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Without Health Insurance 5% 2017 3 -1
Decreasing
Supply of Doctors 34.4 2016 1 1
Increasing
Mortality Rate 685 2016 1 -1
Decreasing
Chlamydia Rate 52 2017 3 1
Increasing
Chlamydia Rates, Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County 0 10 Not Applicable*
Gonorrhea Rate 17 2017 3 -1
Decreasing
Gonorrhea Rates, Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County 0 10 Not Applicable*
Early Syphilis Rates 0.8 2016 3 1
Increasing
Early Syphilis Rates within Monroe County, by Race/Ethnicity 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Living with HIV 104 2016 0 1
Increasing
People Living with HIV by Race/Ethnicity 2016 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Living with AIDS 132 2016 0 1
Increasing
People Living with AIDS by Race/Ethnicity 2016 0 10 Not Applicable*
Percent of Days with Good Air Quality 0 10 Not Applicable*
Alcohol-related Crashes 3.0 2017 2 -1
Decreasing
Median Home Value $133,156 2013-17 1 -1
Decreasing
Admissions to Substance Abuse Treatment by Primary Substance 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Median Rental Prices $827 2013-17 3 -1
Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners 2.4 2013-17 3 0
Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Homeowners by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Overall Housing Cost Burden 30% 2013-17 3 -1
Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Renters 34% 2013-17 3 1
Increasing
Rent Burdened Households 50% 2013-17 3 0
Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Renters by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Homeownership Rate 68% 2013-17 3 -1
Decreasing
Homeownership Rate by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Vacant Housing Units 10% 2013-17 3 1
Increasing
Homeless Persons 0 10 Not Applicable*
Serious Crimes 190 2018 1 -1
Decreasing
Violent Crimes 24 2018 3 1
Increasing
Victims of Domestic Violence 59 2018 0 -1
Decreasing
Incarceration Rates 13.2 2018 2 -1
Decreasing
Incarceration Rates, by Race/Ethnicity 2015 0 10 Not Applicable*
Arrest Rates 188.2 2018 3 -1
Decreasing
Arrest Rates, by Race/Ethnicity 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
*No or multiple regional values for this indicator


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