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Albany-Schenectady-Troy, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Albany fell 0.6 percentage points in May 2021 to 4.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 3.2 percentage points lower than the New York rate. The unemployment rate in Albany peaked in April 2020 at 13.9% and is now 9.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Albany unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
New York 7.8% -0.4 -7.9
Albany 4.6% -0.6 -6.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2021 data as June metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Albany, New York, National

Albany, New York monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Albany, New York Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Albany peaked in April 2020 at 59,936. There are now 39,285 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Albany employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Albany, New York) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Albany 20,651 -2,699 -26,906

Number of Unemployed Persons

Albany, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Albany
Unemployment Rate
Albany
Unemployed
June
2021
5.9%
May
2021
5.8% 7.8% 4.6% 20,651
April
2021
6.1% 8.2% 5.2% 23,350
March
2021
6.0% 8.4% 5.1% 23,465
February
2021
6.2% 8.9% 5.0% 23,081
January
2021
6.3% 8.8% 4.9% 22,536
December
2020
6.7% 8.7% 5.0% 22,562
November
2020
6.7% 8.7% 5.2% 23,593
October
2020
6.9% 8.7% 5.5% 24,849
September
2020
7.8% 10.0% 5.9% 26,369
August
2020
8.4% 11.7% 8.1% 36,952
July
2020
10.2% 14.7% 10.4% 47,564

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.