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Syracuse, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Syracuse fell 0.0 percentage points in December 2017 to 5.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points higher than the New York rate. The unemployment rate in Syracuse peaked in February 2012 at 8.7% and is now 3.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.6% in March 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also compare Syracuse unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
New York 4.6% -0.1 -0.2
Syracuse 5.3% 0.0 +0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2017 data as January metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Syracuse, New York, National

Syracuse, New York monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Syracuse, New York Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Syracuse peaked in March 2010 at 28,410. There are now 12,146 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 14,074 in March 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,190. Syracuse employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Syracuse, New York) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Syracuse 16,264 -219 +898

Number of Unemployed Persons

Syracuse, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Syracuse
Unemployment Rate
Syracuse
Unemployed
January
2018
4.1%
December
2017
4.1% 4.6% 5.3% 16,264
November
2017
4.1% 4.7% 5.3% 16,483
October
2017
4.1% 4.8% 5.1% 15,808
September
2017
4.2% 4.9% 5.1% 15,725
August
2017
4.4% 4.8% 5.1% 15,597
July
2017
4.3% 4.7% 5.0% 15,205
June
2017
4.3% 4.5% 4.9% 15,123
May
2017
4.3% 4.4% 4.8% 14,871
April
2017
4.4% 4.3% 4.8% 14,860
March
2017
4.5% 4.3% 4.6% 14,074
February
2017
4.7% 4.4% 4.8% 14,541

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.