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Ocean City, New Jersey Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Ocean City rose 0.8 percentage points in July 2021 to 9.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.1 percentage points higher than the New Jersey rate. The unemployment rate in Ocean City peaked in May 2020 at 26.4% and is now 17.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 7.2% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 2.2 percentage points. You can also compare Ocean 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
Ocean City 9.4% +0.8 -9.2
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: Ocean City, New Jersey, National

Ocean City, New Jersey monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Ocean City, New Jersey Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Ocean City peaked in April 2020 at 11,574. There are now 7,074 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,542 in January 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 958. Ocean City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Ocean City, New Jersey) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Ocean City 4,500 +137 -3,441

Number of Unemployed Persons

Ocean City, New Jersey Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New Jersey
Unemployment Rate
Ocean City
Unemployment Rate
Ocean City
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 7.3% 9.4% 4,500
June
2021
5.9% 7.2% 8.6% 4,363
May
2021
5.8% 7.2% 8.3% 4,204
April
2021
6.1% 7.5% 8.2% 4,128
March
2021
6.0% 7.6% 8.2% 4,109
February
2021
6.2% 7.8% 8.3% 4,140
January
2021
6.3% 7.8% 7.2% 3,542
December
2020
6.7% 7.7% 7.6% 3,708
November
2020
6.7% 10.2% 10.4% 5,155
October
2020
6.9% 7.7% 9.0% 4,308
September
2020
7.8% 7.8% 10.9% 4,812

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.