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Ithaca, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Ithaca fell 2.7 percentage points in May 2020 to 8.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 6.4 percentage points lower than the New York rate. The unemployment rate in Ithaca peaked in April 2020 at 10.8% and is now 2.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Ithaca unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
New York 14.5% -0.8 +10.5
Ithaca 8.1% -2.7 +4.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 5,137. There are now 1,151 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Ithaca employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Ithaca, New York) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Ithaca 3,986 -1,151 +2,245

Number of Unemployed Persons

Ithaca, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Ithaca
Unemployment Rate
Ithaca
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 15.7%
May
2020
13.3% 14.5% 8.1% 3,986
April
2020
14.7% 15.3% 10.8% 5,137
March
2020
4.4% 4.1% 3.5% 1,734
February
2020
3.5% 3.7% 3.5% 1,754
January
2020
3.6% 3.8% 3.7% 1,808
December
2019
3.5% 3.9% 3.8% 1,884
November
2019
3.5% 3.9% 3.8% 1,879
October
2019
3.6% 3.9% 3.8% 1,868
September
2019
3.5% 3.9% 3.8% 1,846
August
2019
3.7% 3.9% 3.7% 1,812

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.