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Waterbury, Connecticut Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Waterbury rose 0.1 percentage points in July 2021 to 8.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points higher than the Connecticut rate. The unemployment rate in Waterbury peaked in July 2020 at 13.0% and is now 4.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 8.2% in May 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Waterbury unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Connecticut 7.3% -0.4 -4.0
Waterbury 8.3% +0.1 -4.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 July 2020 at 14,623. There are now 5,835 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 8,449 in May 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 339.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Waterbury 8,788 +96 -5,835

Number of Unemployed Persons

Waterbury, Connecticut Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Connecticut
Unemployment Rate
Waterbury
Unemployment Rate
Waterbury
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 7.3% 8.3% 8,788
June
2021
5.9% 7.7% 8.2% 8,692
May
2021
5.8% 8.1% 8.2% 8,449
April
2021
6.1% 8.1% 9.0% 9,270
March
2021
6.0% 8.3% 8.8% 8,942
February
2021
6.2% 8.5% 8.5% 8,481
January
2021
6.3% 8.1% 8.7% 9,397
December
2020
6.7% 8.2% 9.3% 10,101
November
2020
6.7% 8.2% 9.3% 10,130
October
2020
6.9% 8.2% 9.3% 10,111
September
2020
7.8% 8.3% 9.8% 10,696

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.