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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?

The COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing shutdowns increased the unemployment rate for the 9-county Rochester region to 8.1%, in 2020, up from 3.9% in 2019. The region's 2020 rate was similar to the national level and slightly lower than the state levels (8.1% and 10.0%, respectively). Throughout the decade, the region has generally fared somewhat better than New York State and the nation.

Monroe and Orleans had the highest unemployment rates in the region at 8.6% and 8.4% respectively in 2020, while Yates had the lowest unemployment rate in the region at 6.5% followed by Livingston at 7.1% and Ontario at 7.3%. The City of Rochester unemployment rate in 2020 (12.8%) had 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
200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
NYS4.5%4.9%6.2%6.4%5.8%5.0%4.5%4.4%5.4%8.4%8.7%8.3%8.6%7.8%6.3%5.2%4.9%4.6%4.1%3.8%10.0%
NYS (excluding NYC)3.7%4.1%5.0%5.2%5.0%4.5%4.3%4.2%5.3%7.8%8.1%7.8%8.0%7.1%5.7%5.0%4.7%4.7%4.1%3.8%8.3%
Region3.7%4.2%5.5%5.6%5.4%4.7%4.5%4.4%5.5%8.0%8.3%7.8%8.1%7.2%5.9%5.2%4.8%4.9%4.2%3.9%8.1%
Monroe3.5%4.1%5.4%5.6%5.3%4.6%4.3%4.3%5.4%8.0%8.2%7.7%8.0%7.2%5.8%5.1%4.8%4.9%4.2%4.0%8.6%
Surrounding Counties3.9%4.4%5.7%5.8%5.6%4.9%4.7%4.6%5.6%8.1%8.4%8.0%8.2%7.3%5.9%5.2%4.9%4.9%4.2%3.9%7.4%
Genesee3.9%4.3%5.3%5.6%5.6%4.8%4.6%4.5%5.5%7.8%8.2%7.9%8.0%7.0%5.6%5.0%4.7%4.8%4.2%3.8%7.4%
Livingston4.0%4.4%5.8%6.1%5.9%5.0%4.8%4.8%5.9%8.5%8.2%7.7%7.9%7.2%5.8%5.3%5.0%5.0%4.3%4.1%7.1%
Ontario3.5%4.0%5.2%5.2%5.0%4.5%4.4%4.1%5.1%7.4%7.6%7.1%7.4%6.5%5.3%4.8%4.4%4.5%3.9%3.7%7.3%
Orleans4.6%5.1%6.4%7.0%6.4%5.6%5.6%5.7%6.9%9.5%9.8%9.3%9.8%9.3%7.7%6.4%5.8%5.9%4.9%4.5%8.4%
Seneca4.1%4.3%5.5%5.5%5.3%4.7%4.5%4.4%5.4%7.7%8.4%8.0%8.1%7.1%5.7%5.2%4.8%4.5%3.8%3.7%8.2%
Wayne3.8%4.6%6.3%6.0%5.6%4.9%4.7%4.6%5.8%8.5%9.0%8.5%8.7%7.8%6.2%5.4%5.1%4.9%4.1%3.9%7.4%
Wyoming4.7%4.9%5.8%6.1%6.3%5.3%4.9%4.8%6.1%9.1%9.6%8.8%9.0%8.1%6.6%5.7%5.4%5.6%4.6%4.2%7.5%
Yates3.7%3.8%4.9%4.9%4.6%4.3%4.2%4.1%4.8%6.9%7.5%7.6%7.9%7.0%5.7%5.0%4.5%4.4%3.8%3.6%6.5%
Monroe County Local Areas
Rochester4.5%5.4%7.0%7.2%6.9%5.9%5.8%5.7%7.3%10.4%11.0%10.7%11.0%9.8%8.1%7.0%6.6%6.8%6.0%5.6%12.8%

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics




Total Unemployed
200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
NYS413,004445,991576,533593,856543,880469,312429,417422,736519,829810,105839,690796,090827,516752,157598,239500,530464,155442,918389,602363,852928,165
NYS (excluding NYC)201,970223,954278,302287,921282,524254,538242,323235,145299,166441,326457,950433,237448,616394,208309,017272,160253,983256,947221,721206,402447,237
Region22,56425,79933,91334,65832,97228,94427,67327,11533,87349,50550,87847,37149,04843,63034,55130,36428,26528,55024,63823,04846,898
Monroe13,19015,38320,22620,75719,59017,12316,31916,16620,28529,97730,99528,93730,03926,77921,27318,63217,37717,74215,35314,38130,774
Surrounding Counties9,37410,41613,68713,90113,38211,82111,35410,94913,58819,52819,88318,43419,00916,85113,27811,73210,88810,8089,2858,66716,124
Genesee1,2811,3871,7671,8401,8551,5961,5151,4661,8462,5672,5992,4352,4762,1431,6761,5001,3871,4041,2341,1172,129
Livingston1,3251,4271,8901,9871,9261,6361,5801,5501,8962,7462,7042,4602,5512,2961,8061,6521,5611,5341,3211,2452,104
Ontario1,9152,1592,8632,8882,7932,5602,4772,3112,8824,2014,2793,9894,1303,6032,8892,6162,4172,4472,1682,0583,954
Orleans9371,0261,2761,4011,2761,1251,1221,1071,3331,8351,8751,7541,8531,7431,3931,1441,0331,0288647911,433
Seneca6767099339419088087777429291,3261,3741,2871,3121,1318818167517286185851,244
Wayne1,8442,2493,1132,9272,7022,4072,2692,2062,7644,0324,2613,9324,0393,5682,7622,3732,2312,1581,8071,6863,172
Wyoming9519991,2261,2911,3221,1281,0641,0301,3031,9141,8691,6631,6931,5281,2051,0439821,0028307601,336
Yates445460619626600561550537635907922914955839666588526507443425752
Monroe County Local Areas
Rochester4,4435,3416,8956,9566,6685,6955,4555,3646,8469,84410,59510,17610,4899,2687,4466,3726,0186,1105,3665,01211,686

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics











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