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Waterbury, Connecticut Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Waterbury fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 4.8%. 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 December 2009 at 11.7% and is now 6.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.6% in November 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 February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Connecticut 3.8% 0.0 -0.7
Waterbury 4.8% -0.1 -1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 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 13,319. There are now 7,927 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,177 in November 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 215.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Waterbury 5,392 -121 -1,126

Number of Unemployed Persons

Waterbury, Connecticut Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Connecticut
Unemployment Rate
Waterbury
Unemployment Rate
Waterbury
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.9%
February
2019
3.8% 3.8% 4.8% 5,392
January
2019
4.0% 3.8% 4.9% 5,513
December
2018
3.9% 3.8% 4.7% 5,235
November
2018
3.7% 3.8% 4.6% 5,177
October
2018
3.8% 3.8% 5.3% 5,904
September
2018
3.7% 3.9% 5.1% 5,675
August
2018
3.8% 4.0% 5.1% 5,612
July
2018
3.9% 4.0% 5.3% 5,921
June
2018
4.0% 4.1% 5.4% 5,975
May
2018
3.8% 4.2% 5.4% 6,003
April
2018
3.9% 4.3% 5.5% 6,027

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.