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Albany-Schenectady-Troy, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Albany fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the New York rate. The unemployment rate in Albany peaked in June 2012 at 7.6% and is now 4.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Albany unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
New York 3.9% 0.0 -0.6
Albany 3.3% -0.1 -1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 June 2012 at 34,458. There are now 19,614 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 February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Albany 14,844 -521 -5,265

Number of Unemployed Persons

Albany, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Albany
Unemployment Rate
Albany
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 4.0%
February
2019
3.8% 3.9% 3.3% 14,844
January
2019
4.0% 3.9% 3.4% 15,365
December
2018
3.9% 3.9% 3.4% 15,846
November
2018
3.7% 3.9% 3.4% 15,496
October
2018
3.8% 3.8% 3.5% 16,110
September
2018
3.7% 3.8% 3.6% 16,494
August
2018
3.8% 3.9% 3.8% 17,075
July
2018
3.9% 4.0% 3.8% 16,934
June
2018
4.0% 4.1% 3.9% 17,426
May
2018
3.8% 4.2% 4.0% 17,834
April
2018
3.9% 4.3% 4.4% 19,847

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.