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Waterbury, Connecticut Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Waterbury fell 2.4 percentage points in August 2020 to 9.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.5 percentage points higher than the Connecticut rate. The unemployment rate in Waterbury peaked in July 2020 at 12.0% and is now 2.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Waterbury unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 8.4% -1.8 +4.7
Connecticut 8.1% -2.1 +4.4
Waterbury 9.6% -2.4 +5.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2020 data as September metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Waterbury, Connecticut, National

Waterbury, Connecticut monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Waterbury, Connecticut Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Waterbury peaked in November 2010 at 13,259. There are now 2,828 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,699 in March 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 5,732.

Unemployed Persons August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Waterbury 10,431 -2,766 +5,292

Number of Unemployed Persons

Waterbury, Connecticut Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Connecticut
Unemployment Rate
Waterbury
Unemployment Rate
Waterbury
Unemployed
September
2020
7.9%
August
2020
8.4% 8.1% 9.6% 10,431
July
2020
10.2% 10.2% 12.0% 13,197
June
2020
11.1% 10.1% 11.5% 12,547
May
2020
13.3% 9.6% 10.5% 10,841
April
2020
14.7% 8.3% 9.2% 9,531
March
2020
4.4% 3.4% 4.2% 4,699
February
2020
3.5% 3.8% 4.7% 5,275
January
2020
3.6% 3.7% 4.6% 5,236
December
2019
3.5% 3.8% 4.7% 5,262
November
2019
3.5% 3.8% 4.6% 5,237
October
2019
3.6% 3.8% 4.6% 5,211

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.