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Trenton, New Jersey Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Trenton fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2021 to 6.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.7 percentage points lower than the New Jersey rate. The unemployment rate in Trenton peaked in June 2020 at 12.4% and is now 6.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.2% in September 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.9 percentage points. You can also compare Trenton 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
Trenton 6.1% 0.0 +2.7
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: 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 2020 at 24,995. There are now 12,599 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 10,220 in September 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,176. Trenton employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Trenton, New Jersey) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Trenton 12,396 +23 +5,309

Number of Unemployed Persons

Trenton, New Jersey Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New Jersey
Unemployment Rate
Trenton
Unemployment Rate
Trenton
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 7.8% 6.1% 12,396
January
2021
6.3% 7.8% 6.1% 12,373
December
2020
6.7% 7.7% 6.5% 13,303
November
2020
6.7% 10.2% 8.5% 17,766
October
2020
6.9% 7.7% 6.6% 13,268
September
2020
7.8% 7.8% 5.2% 10,220
August
2020
8.4% 11.0% 8.6% 17,864
July
2020
10.2% 13.1% 11.0% 22,640
June
2020
11.1% 16.3% 12.4% 24,995
May
2020
13.3% 16.5% 10.9% 22,237
April
2020
14.8% 16.6% 11.4% 23,108

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.