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Ithaca, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Ithaca rose 0.1 percentage points in August 2019 to 3.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the New York rate. The unemployment rate in Ithaca peaked in April 2012 at 6.4% and is now 3.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in February 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Ithaca unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
New York 4.0% 0.0 +0.1
Ithaca 3.4% +0.1 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Ithaca, New York, National

Ithaca, New York monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Ithaca, New York Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Ithaca peaked in May 2012 at 3,517. There are now 1,792 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,667 in June 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 58. Ithaca employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Ithaca, New York) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Ithaca 1,725 +54 +20

Number of Unemployed Persons

Ithaca, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Ithaca
Unemployment Rate
Ithaca
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 3.9%
August
2019
3.7% 4.0% 3.4% 1,725
July
2019
3.7% 4.0% 3.3% 1,671
June
2019
3.7% 4.0% 3.3% 1,667
May
2019
3.6% 4.0% 3.4% 1,718
April
2019
3.6% 3.9% 3.4% 1,717
March
2019
3.8% 3.9% 3.4% 1,708
February
2019
3.8% 3.9% 3.3% 1,698
January
2019
4.0% 3.9% 3.4% 1,709
December
2018
3.9% 3.9% 3.4% 1,730
November
2018
3.7% 3.9% 3.4% 1,728
October
2018
3.8% 3.8% 3.4% 1,715

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.