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Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, Connecticut Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Hartford rose 1.0 percentage points in May 2020 to 8.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Connecticut rate. The unemployment rate in Hartford peaked in October 2010 at 9.2% and is now 0.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in March 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 5.5 percentage points. You can also compare Hartford unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Connecticut 9.4% +1.1 +5.7
Hartford 8.8% +1.0 +5.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 57,839. There are now 5,213 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 20,560 in March 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 32,066. Hartford employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Hartford, Connecticut) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Hartford 52,626 +6,367 +29,357

Number of Unemployed Persons

Hartford, Connecticut Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Connecticut
Unemployment Rate
Hartford
Unemployment Rate
Hartford
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 9.4% 8.8% 52,626
April
2020
14.7% 8.3% 7.8% 46,259
March
2020
4.4% 3.4% 3.3% 20,560
February
2020
3.5% 3.8% 3.8% 23,959
January
2020
3.6% 3.7% 3.8% 23,811
December
2019
3.5% 3.8% 3.8% 24,036
November
2019
3.5% 3.8% 3.8% 23,991
October
2019
3.6% 3.8% 3.8% 23,915
September
2019
3.5% 3.7% 3.8% 23,799
August
2019
3.7% 3.7% 3.7% 23,636
July
2019
3.7% 3.7% 3.7% 23,445

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.