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Waterbury, Connecticut Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Waterbury rose 0.2 percentage points in October 2018 to 5.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points higher than the Connecticut rate. The unemployment rate in Waterbury peaked in December 2009 at 11.7% and is now 6.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.1% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Waterbury unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Connecticut 4.2% 0.0 -0.3
Waterbury 5.3% +0.2 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 13,319. There are now 7,409 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,612 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 298.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Waterbury 5,910 +235 -303

Number of Unemployed Persons

Waterbury, Connecticut Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Connecticut
Unemployment Rate
Waterbury
Unemployment Rate
Waterbury
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.2% 5.3% 5,910
September
2018
3.7% 4.2% 5.1% 5,675
August
2018
3.9% 4.3% 5.1% 5,612
July
2018
3.9% 4.4% 5.3% 5,921
June
2018
4.0% 4.4% 5.4% 5,975
May
2018
3.8% 4.5% 5.4% 6,003
April
2018
3.9% 4.5% 5.5% 6,027
March
2018
4.1% 4.5% 5.6% 6,228
February
2018
4.1% 4.6% 5.9% 6,518
January
2018
4.1% 4.5% 5.9% 6,589
December
2017
4.1% 4.5% 5.7% 6,379

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.