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Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, Connecticut Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Hartford fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2021 to 8.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Connecticut rate. The unemployment rate in Hartford peaked in July 2020 at 9.9% and is now 1.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.2% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.8 percentage points. You can also compare Hartford unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Connecticut 8.5% +0.4 +4.8
Hartford 8.0% -0.2 +4.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March 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 62,903. There are now 16,745 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 38,347 in October 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 7,811. Hartford employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Hartford, Connecticut) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Hartford 46,158 -907 +22,199

Number of Unemployed Persons

Hartford, Connecticut Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Connecticut
Unemployment Rate
Hartford
Unemployment Rate
Hartford
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 8.5% 8.0% 46,158
January
2021
6.3% 8.1% 8.2% 47,065
December
2020
6.7% 8.2% 8.2% 52,017
November
2020
6.7% 8.2% 8.4% 52,966
October
2020
6.9% 8.2% 6.2% 38,347
September
2020
7.8% 8.3% 7.8% 49,149
August
2020
8.4% 8.4% 8.0% 49,668
July
2020
10.2% 11.3% 9.9% 62,903
June
2020
11.1% 11.4% 9.7% 60,592
May
2020
13.3% 11.4% 9.0% 53,691
April
2020
14.8% 8.6% 7.8% 46,259

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.