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Waterbury, Connecticut Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Waterbury fell 0.0 percentage points in September 2019 to 4.4%. 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 December 2009 at 11.7% and is now 7.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in August 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Waterbury unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -0.2
Connecticut 3.6% 0.0 -0.3
Waterbury 4.4% 0.0 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2019 data as October 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 13,263. There are now 8,315 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,933 in August 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 15.

Unemployed Persons September 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Waterbury 4,948 +15 -493

Number of Unemployed Persons

Waterbury, Connecticut Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Connecticut
Unemployment Rate
Waterbury
Unemployment Rate
Waterbury
Unemployed
October
2019
3.6%
September
2019
3.5% 3.6% 4.4% 4,948
August
2019
3.7% 3.6% 4.4% 4,933
July
2019
3.7% 3.6% 4.5% 5,009
June
2019
3.7% 3.7% 4.6% 5,144
May
2019
3.6% 3.8% 4.6% 5,185
April
2019
3.6% 3.8% 4.6% 5,246
March
2019
3.8% 3.9% 4.8% 5,383
February
2019
3.8% 3.8% 4.7% 5,366
January
2019
4.0% 3.8% 4.8% 5,380
December
2018
3.9% 3.8% 4.8% 5,369
November
2018
3.7% 3.8% 4.7% 5,356

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.