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Waterbury, Connecticut Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Waterbury fell 0.0 percentage points in September 2022 to 5.1%. 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 July 2020 at 13.0% and is now 7.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.1% in June 2022, 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 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Connecticut 4.0% -0.1 -1.6
Waterbury 5.1% 0.0 -1.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 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 July 2020 at 14,704. There are now 9,045 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,597 in July 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 62.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Waterbury 5,659 +39 -1,883

Number of Unemployed Persons

Waterbury, Connecticut Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Connecticut
Unemployment Rate
Waterbury
Unemployment Rate
Waterbury
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 4.0% 5.1% 5,659
August
2022
3.7% 4.1% 5.1% 5,620
July
2022
3.5% 3.7% 5.1% 5,597
June
2022
3.6% 4.0% 5.1% 5,641
May
2022
3.6% 4.2% 5.2% 5,773
April
2022
3.6% 4.4% 5.4% 5,952
March
2022
3.6% 4.6% 5.6% 6,198
February
2022
3.8% 4.9% 5.9% 6,495
January
2022
4.0% 5.3% 6.2% 6,765
December
2021
3.9% 5.1% 6.6% 7,182
November
2021
4.2% 5.2% 6.5% 7,139

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.