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Trenton, New Jersey Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Trenton fell 0.8 percentage points in July 2021 to 5.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.5 percentage points lower than the New Jersey rate. The unemployment rate in Trenton peaked in June 2020 at 11.7% and is now 5.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Trenton 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
Trenton 5.8% -0.8 -4.2
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: 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 23,681. There are now 11,729 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Trenton employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Trenton, New Jersey) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Trenton 11,952 -1,428 -9,050

Number of Unemployed Persons

Trenton, New Jersey Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New Jersey
Unemployment Rate
Trenton
Unemployment Rate
Trenton
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 7.3% 5.8% 11,952
June
2021
5.9% 7.2% 6.6% 13,380
May
2021
5.8% 7.2% 6.1% 12,278
April
2021
6.1% 7.5% 6.1% 12,435
March
2021
6.0% 7.6% 6.1% 12,503
February
2021
6.2% 7.8% 6.1% 12,421
January
2021
6.3% 7.8% 6.0% 12,264
December
2020
6.7% 7.7% 6.0% 12,220
November
2020
6.7% 10.2% 8.2% 16,953
October
2020
6.9% 7.7% 6.0% 12,183
September
2020
7.8% 7.8% 6.0% 12,092

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.