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Trenton, New Jersey Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Trenton fell 0.3 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the New Jersey rate. The unemployment rate in Trenton peaked in March 2010 at 8.6% and is now 5.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in May 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Trenton unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
New Jersey 4.1% -0.1 -0.6
Trenton 3.5% -0.3 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Trenton, New Jersey, National

Trenton, New Jersey monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Trenton, New Jersey Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Trenton peaked in June 2012 at 16,546. There are now 9,477 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 6,969 in May 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 100. Trenton employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Trenton, New Jersey) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Trenton 7,069 -504 -1,358

Number of Unemployed Persons

Trenton, New Jersey Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New Jersey
Unemployment Rate
Trenton
Unemployment Rate
Trenton
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.1% 3.5% 7,069
September
2018
3.7% 4.2% 3.8% 7,573
August
2018
3.9% 4.2% 3.9% 7,794
July
2018
3.9% 4.2% 3.8% 7,586
June
2018
4.0% 4.3% 3.6% 7,160
May
2018
3.8% 4.4% 3.5% 6,969
April
2018
3.9% 4.5% 3.8% 7,606
March
2018
4.1% 4.6% 3.9% 7,800
February
2018
4.1% 4.6% 3.9% 7,867
January
2018
4.1% 4.7% 3.9% 7,840
December
2017
4.1% 4.7% 4.2% 8,320

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.