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Waterbury, Connecticut Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Waterbury rose 0.3 percentage points in November 2017 to 6.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.4 percentage points higher than the Connecticut rate. The unemployment rate in Waterbury peaked in December 2009 at 11.7% and is now 5.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.2% in September 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also compare Waterbury unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Connecticut 4.6% +0.1 +0.1
Waterbury 6.0% +0.3 +0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Waterbury, Connecticut, National

Waterbury, Connecticut monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Waterbury, Connecticut Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Waterbury peaked in February 2010 at 13,141. There are now 6,488 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,767 in September 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 886.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Waterbury 6,653 +327 +530

Number of Unemployed Persons

Waterbury, Connecticut Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Connecticut
Unemployment Rate
Waterbury
Unemployment Rate
Waterbury
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.6% 6.0% 6,653
October
2017
4.1% 4.5% 5.7% 6,326
September
2017
4.2% 4.6% 5.2% 5,767
August
2017
4.4% 4.8% 5.5% 6,127
July
2017
4.3% 5.0% 5.8% 6,579
June
2017
4.3% 5.0% 6.1% 6,867
May
2017
4.3% 4.9% 6.1% 6,818
April
2017
4.4% 4.9% 6.1% 6,900
March
2017
4.5% 4.8% 6.1% 6,865
February
2017
4.7% 4.7% 6.2% 6,899
January
2017
4.8% 4.5% 5.9% 6,559

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.