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Ocean City, New Jersey Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Ocean City fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 8.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the New Jersey rate. The unemployment rate in Ocean City peaked in June 2020 at 26.6% and is now 18.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Ocean City unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
New Jersey 7.8% 0.0 +4.1
Ocean City 8.4% -0.1 +1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March 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 11,451. There are now 7,291 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,878 in December 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 282. Ocean City employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Ocean City, New Jersey) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Ocean City 4,160 -53 +731

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
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 7.8% 8.4% 4,160
January
2021
6.3% 7.8% 8.5% 4,213
December
2020
6.7% 7.7% 8.7% 3,878
November
2020
6.7% 10.2% 11.9% 5,472
October
2020
6.9% 7.7% 10.5% 4,726
September
2020
7.8% 7.8% 10.9% 4,325
August
2020
8.4% 11.0% 17.9% 6,802
July
2020
10.2% 13.1% 23.1% 8,414
June
2020
11.1% 16.3% 26.6% 10,574
May
2020
13.3% 16.5% 24.5% 10,606
April
2020
14.8% 16.6% 24.8% 11,451

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.