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Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, Connecticut Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Hartford rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 4.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Connecticut rate. The unemployment rate in Hartford peaked in March 2010 at 9.2% and is now 5.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.9% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Hartford unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Connecticut 4.2% 0.0 -0.3
Hartford 4.2% +0.1 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 November 2010 at 57,993. There are now 31,354 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 24,436 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,203. Hartford employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Hartford, Connecticut) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Hartford 26,639 +990 -1,579

Number of Unemployed Persons

Hartford, Connecticut Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Connecticut
Unemployment Rate
Hartford
Unemployment Rate
Hartford
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.2% 4.2% 26,639
September
2018
3.7% 4.2% 4.1% 25,649
August
2018
3.9% 4.3% 3.9% 24,436
July
2018
3.9% 4.4% 4.2% 25,945
June
2018
4.0% 4.4% 4.3% 26,603
May
2018
3.8% 4.5% 4.4% 27,274
April
2018
3.9% 4.5% 4.6% 28,556
March
2018
4.1% 4.5% 4.5% 27,847
February
2018
4.1% 4.6% 4.7% 29,319
January
2018
4.1% 4.5% 4.7% 29,596
December
2017
4.1% 4.5% 4.5% 28,465

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.