Department of Numbers

Watertown-Fort Drum, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Watertown rose 0.4 percentage points in November 2017 to 6.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.9 percentage points higher than the New York rate. The unemployment rate in Watertown peaked in February 2012 at 10.2% and is now 3.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.8% in March 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also compare Watertown 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
Watertown 6.6% +0.4 +0.1
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: Watertown, New York, National

Watertown, New York monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Watertown, New York Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Watertown peaked in February 2012 at 4,908. There are now 1,839 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,678 in March 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 391.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Watertown 3,069 +213 +104

Number of Unemployed Persons

Watertown, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Watertown
Unemployment Rate
Watertown
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.7% 6.6% 3,069
October
2017
4.1% 4.8% 6.2% 2,856
September
2017
4.2% 4.9% 6.3% 2,885
August
2017
4.4% 4.8% 6.4% 2,915
July
2017
4.3% 4.7% 6.3% 2,841
June
2017
4.3% 4.5% 6.3% 2,850
May
2017
4.3% 4.4% 6.3% 2,875
April
2017
4.4% 4.3% 6.1% 2,797
March
2017
4.5% 4.3% 5.8% 2,678
February
2017
4.7% 4.4% 6.2% 2,850
January
2017
4.8% 4.6% 6.2% 2,848

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.