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Latest Rochester region unemployment rate: 14.9%

May 28, 2020

Credit New York Department of Labor

The latest monthly unemployment numbers are out from the New York State Labor Department, and the Rochester region saw a steep increase in the jobless rate in April, as did many regions around the state.

The unemployment rate for the Rochester metro was 14.9% compared to a 3.7% unemployment rate a year ago.

The number of unemployed people in the Rochester area rose by more than 55,000 over the last year, to nearly 75,000 individuals who were unemployed last month.

Statewide, the unemployment rate in April was 14.5%.

Last week, the state said that the Rochester area saw a 21.3% decline in private sector jobs compared to a year ago.  Officials say a lot of the job losses were due to layoffs in the leisure and hospitality sector.