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Ithaca, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Ithaca rose 0.1 percentage points in November 2017 to 4.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the New York rate. The unemployment rate in Ithaca peaked in June 2012 at 6.5% and is now 2.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.9% in January 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Ithaca unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
New York 4.7% -0.1 -0.2
Ithaca 4.5% +0.1 +0.2
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: Ithaca, New York, National

Ithaca, New York monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Ithaca, New York Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Ithaca peaked in June 2012 at 3,557. There are now 1,226 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,938 in January 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 393. Ithaca employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Ithaca, New York) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Ithaca 2,331 +89 +225

Number of Unemployed Persons

Ithaca, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Ithaca
Unemployment Rate
Ithaca
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.7% 4.5% 2,331
October
2017
4.1% 4.8% 4.4% 2,242
September
2017
4.2% 4.9% 4.4% 2,244
August
2017
4.4% 4.8% 4.2% 2,172
July
2017
4.3% 4.7% 4.3% 2,204
June
2017
4.3% 4.5% 4.3% 2,177
May
2017
4.3% 4.4% 4.0% 2,039
April
2017
4.4% 4.3% 4.1% 2,072
March
2017
4.5% 4.3% 3.9% 1,956
February
2017
4.7% 4.4% 4.0% 2,011
January
2017
4.8% 4.6% 3.9% 1,938

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.