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Trenton, New Jersey Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Trenton fell 0.0 percentage points in September 2019 to 2.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the New Jersey rate. The unemployment rate in Trenton peaked in January 2010 at 8.5% and is now 5.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.9% in July 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Trenton unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -0.2
New Jersey 3.1% -0.1 -0.8
Trenton 2.9% 0.0 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2019 data as October 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 16,390. There are now 10,583 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,751 in August 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 56. Trenton employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Trenton, New Jersey) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Trenton 5,807 +56 -1,053

Number of Unemployed Persons

Trenton, New Jersey Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New Jersey
Unemployment Rate
Trenton
Unemployment Rate
Trenton
Unemployed
October
2019
3.6%
September
2019
3.5% 3.1% 2.9% 5,807
August
2019
3.7% 3.2% 2.9% 5,751
July
2019
3.7% 3.3% 2.9% 5,780
June
2019
3.7% 3.5% 3.1% 6,093
May
2019
3.6% 3.8% 3.3% 6,511
April
2019
3.6% 3.9% 3.4% 6,827
March
2019
3.8% 4.1% 3.6% 7,120
February
2019
3.8% 4.0% 3.6% 7,155
January
2019
4.0% 4.0% 3.5% 7,002
December
2018
3.9% 3.9% 3.5% 6,881
November
2018
3.7% 3.9% 3.5% 6,863

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.