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New Haven, Connecticut Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for New Haven rose 0.9 percentage points in May 2020 to 8.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points lower than the Connecticut rate. The unemployment rate in New Haven peaked in December 2010 at 9.6% and is now 1.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in March 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 5.3 percentage points. You can also compare New Haven unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Connecticut 9.6% +1.3 +5.9
New Haven 8.4% +0.9 +4.8
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: New Haven, Connecticut, National

New Haven, Connecticut monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

New Haven, Connecticut Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in New Haven peaked in December 2010 at 31,338. There are now 5,687 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 10,345 in March 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 15,306. New Haven employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in New Haven, Connecticut) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
New Haven 25,651 +2,631 +14,017

Number of Unemployed Persons

New Haven, Connecticut Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Connecticut
Unemployment Rate
New Haven
Unemployment Rate
New Haven
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 9.8%
May
2020
13.3% 9.6% 8.4% 25,651
April
2020
14.7% 8.3% 7.5% 23,020
March
2020
4.4% 3.4% 3.1% 10,345
February
2020
3.5% 3.8% 3.6% 12,071
January
2020
3.6% 3.7% 3.6% 11,961
December
2019
3.5% 3.8% 3.6% 12,035
November
2019
3.5% 3.8% 3.6% 11,992
October
2019
3.6% 3.8% 3.6% 11,937
September
2019
3.5% 3.7% 3.6% 11,864
August
2019
3.7% 3.7% 3.6% 11,774

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.