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Ithaca, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Ithaca fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2021 to 4.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 3.3 percentage points lower than the New York rate. The unemployment rate in Ithaca peaked in April 2020 at 11.3% and is now 6.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.8% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Ithaca unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% +0.1 -8.7
New York 8.2% -0.2 -8.0
Ithaca 4.9% -0.1 -6.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2021 data as May 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 April 2020 at 5,288. There are now 2,977 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,270 in September 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 41. Ithaca employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Ithaca, New York) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Ithaca 2,311 -46 -2,977

Number of Unemployed Persons

Ithaca, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Ithaca
Unemployment Rate
Ithaca
Unemployed
May
2021
5.8%
April
2021
6.1% 8.2% 4.9% 2,311
March
2021
6.0% 8.4% 5.0% 2,357
February
2021
6.2% 8.9% 5.1% 2,377
January
2021
6.3% 8.8% 4.8% 2,358
December
2020
6.7% 8.7% 5.0% 2,354
November
2020
6.7% 8.7% 4.9% 2,335
October
2020
6.9% 8.7% 4.9% 2,307
September
2020
7.8% 10.0% 4.9% 2,270
August
2020
8.4% 11.7% 6.6% 3,224
July
2020
10.2% 14.7% 8.6% 4,265
June
2020
11.1% 15.0% 8.5% 4,126

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.