Economy

Using the charts: Items in the legend below the chart can be clicked on and off to aid in analysis. The chart can also be printed or exported as an image or document using the menu at the top right. See a Guide to the ACT Rochester Website for more information.




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 2017, the unemployment rate for the 9-county Rochester region was 5%, up from the previous year's rate of 4.7% and a high of 8.1% in 2010. The region's 2017 rate was somewhat above unemployment at the state and national levels ( 4.7% and 4.4%, respectively). Throughout the decade, the region has generally fared somewhat better than New York State and the nation except for 2017. Orleans and Wyoming had the highest unemployment rates in the region at 5.9% and 5.7% respectively in 2017, while Ontario and Yates had the lowest unemployment rate in the region at 4.5%. The City of Rochester unemployment rate in 2017 (6.9%) 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
200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
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%
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%4.8%4.7%
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%4.8%
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%5.0%
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%5.0%
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%5.0%
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%4.9%
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%5.2%4.9%5.1%
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%
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%
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%4.6%
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%
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%5.7%
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%4.5%
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%6.9%

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics




Total Unemployed
200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
United States5,692,0006,801,0008,378,0008,774,0008,149,0007,591,0007,001,0007,078,0008,924,00014,265,00014,825,00013,747,00012,506,00011,460,0009,617,0008,296,0007,751,0006,982,000
NYS415,120441,848570,163590,492543,335474,007430,620433,849525,693802,999825,639789,304818,847745,382607,235508,464468,421455,470
NYS (excluding NYC)204,111223,278273,646283,074279,221253,723240,834239,522304,952433,753448,787429,157442,865384,774308,049271,789251,147263,469
Region22,80425,72033,34634,07432,59128,85127,50627,61934,54048,65749,91446,96948,42442,57234,43130,30327,93129,306
Monroe13,32915,33819,88120,40519,35517,07116,21816,46620,67529,45130,40528,68729,65226,13321,21018,59717,16818,193
Surrounding Counties9,47510,38213,46513,66913,23611,78011,28811,15313,86519,20619,50918,28218,77216,43913,22111,70610,76311,113
Genesee1,2941,3831,7391,8091,8351,5901,5061,4931,8842,5252,5412,4062,4422,0871,6681,4961,3731,448
Livingston1,3391,4231,8601,9541,9051,6311,5711,5791,9352,7012,6502,4472,5222,2401,7991,6491,5421,579
Ontario1,9362,1522,8172,8402,7632,5512,4632,3552,9404,1304,1923,9514,0753,5142,8732,6102,3892,507
Orleans9471,0231,2551,3771,2621,1211,1161,1271,3601,8051,8351,7371,8281,7011,3871,1431,0211,058
Seneca6837069189258988057737569481,3041,3451,2751,2961,105876812742748
Wayne1,8642,2423,0612,8782,6722,3992,2552,2472,8203,9664,2023,9123,9933,4822,7532,3682,2052,221
Wyoming9629951,2061,2701,3081,1241,0571,0491,3301,8831,8411,6491,6731,4911,2011,0409711,029
Yates450458609616593559547547648892903905943819664588520523
Rochester4,4905,3256,7776,8386,5885,6785,4215,4636,9789,67110,39610,08910,3539,0427,4246,3595,9446,265

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics











Worse than NYS by 10% or more
Up to 10% worse than NYS
Equal to or better than NYS


INDICATORS - Grouped by Topic REGIONAL VALUE YEAR NYS COMPARISON TREND | REGION
*No or multiple regional values for this indicator


Worse than NYS by 10% or more
Up to 10% worse than NYS
Equal to or better than NYS





Loading...