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Ocean City, New Jersey Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Ocean City fell 1.8 percentage points in November 2021 to 7.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points higher than the New Jersey rate. The unemployment rate in Ocean City peaked in May 2020 at 26.4% and is now 18.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 7.2% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Ocean City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
New Jersey 6.6% -0.4 -3.6
Ocean City 7.8% -1.8 -2.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December 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 7,880 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 152. Ocean City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Ocean City, New Jersey) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Ocean City 3,694 -902 -1,461

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
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 6.6% 7.8% 3,694
October
2021
4.6% 7.0% 9.6% 4,596
September
2021
4.7% 7.1% 9.7% 4,645
August
2021
5.2% 7.2% 9.6% 4,595
July
2021
5.4% 7.3% 9.3% 4,489
June
2021
5.9% 7.2% 8.6% 4,363
May
2021
5.8% 7.2% 8.3% 4,204
April
2021
6.0% 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
6.4% 7.8% 7.2% 3,542

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.