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Atlantic City-Hammonton, New Jersey Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Atlantic City fell 0.3 percentage points in July 2021 to 11.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 4.0 percentage points higher than the New Jersey rate. The unemployment rate in Atlantic City peaked in May 2020 at 36.2% and is now 24.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 10.6% in May 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also compare Atlantic City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
New Jersey 7.3% +0.1 -5.8
Atlantic City 11.3% -0.3 -12.4
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: Atlantic City, New Jersey, National

Atlantic City, New Jersey monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Atlantic City, New Jersey Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Atlantic City peaked in May 2020 at 43,913. There are now 30,505 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 12,544 in May 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 864. Atlantic City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Atlantic City, New Jersey) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Atlantic City 13,408 -494 -16,181

Number of Unemployed Persons

Atlantic City, New Jersey Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New Jersey
Unemployment Rate
Atlantic City
Unemployment Rate
Atlantic City
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 7.3% 11.3% 13,408
June
2021
5.9% 7.2% 11.6% 13,902
May
2021
5.8% 7.2% 10.6% 12,544
April
2021
6.1% 7.5% 11.2% 13,325
March
2021
6.0% 7.6% 11.1% 13,204
February
2021
6.2% 7.8% 11.3% 13,436
January
2021
6.3% 7.8% 11.3% 13,377
December
2020
6.7% 7.7% 11.4% 13,502
November
2020
6.7% 10.2% 14.4% 17,512
October
2020
6.9% 7.7% 11.1% 12,874
September
2020
7.8% 7.8% 12.4% 14,362

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.