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Waterbury, Connecticut Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Waterbury fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 9.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points higher than the Connecticut rate. The unemployment rate in Waterbury peaked in July 2020 at 12.0% and is now 2.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 7.6% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.7 percentage points. You can also compare Waterbury 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
Waterbury 9.3% -0.1 +4.6
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: 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 3,680 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 4,880.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Waterbury 9,579 -78 +4,304

Number of Unemployed Persons

Waterbury, Connecticut Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Connecticut
Unemployment Rate
Waterbury
Unemployment Rate
Waterbury
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 8.5% 9.3% 9,579
January
2021
6.3% 8.1% 9.4% 9,657
December
2020
6.7% 8.2% 9.8% 10,767
November
2020
6.7% 8.2% 9.9% 10,860
October
2020
6.9% 8.2% 7.6% 8,120
September
2020
7.8% 8.3% 9.5% 10,451
August
2020
8.4% 8.4% 9.8% 10,556
July
2020
10.2% 11.3% 12.0% 13,197
June
2020
11.1% 11.4% 11.5% 12,547
May
2020
13.3% 11.4% 10.5% 10,841
April
2020
14.8% 8.6% 9.2% 9,531

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.