Department of Numbers

Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, Connecticut Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Hartford fell 0.7 percentage points in August 2021 to 6.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points lower than the Connecticut rate. The unemployment rate in Hartford peaked in July 2020 at 11.2% and is now 5.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Hartford unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.2% -0.2 -3.2
Connecticut 7.2% -0.1 -1.2
Hartford 6.1% -0.7 -2.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2021 data as September metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Hartford, Connecticut, National

Hartford, Connecticut monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Hartford, Connecticut Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Hartford peaked in July 2020 at 70,320. There are now 34,894 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Hartford employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Hartford, Connecticut) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Hartford 35,426 -4,679 -13,816

Number of Unemployed Persons

Hartford, Connecticut Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Connecticut
Unemployment Rate
Hartford
Unemployment Rate
Hartford
Unemployed
September
2021
4.8%
August
2021
5.2% 7.2% 6.1% 35,426
July
2021
5.4% 7.3% 6.8% 40,105
June
2021
5.9% 7.7% 6.9% 40,145
May
2021
5.8% 8.1% 7.0% 39,867
April
2021
6.1% 8.1% 8.0% 45,904
March
2021
6.0% 8.3% 8.1% 45,834
February
2021
6.2% 8.5% 8.1% 45,788
January
2021
6.3% 8.1% 7.6% 46,260
December
2020
6.7% 8.2% 8.0% 48,726
November
2020
6.7% 8.2% 7.9% 48,141
October
2020
6.9% 8.2% 7.8% 47,158

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.