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Ithaca, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Ithaca rose 0.1 percentage points in January 2021 to 4.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 4.3 percentage points lower than the New York rate. The unemployment rate in Ithaca peaked in April 2020 at 10.8% and is now 6.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.2% in November 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Ithaca unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% -0.4 +2.8
New York 8.8% +0.1 +5.0
Ithaca 4.5% +0.1 +0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2021 data as February 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 2,964 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,060 in November 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 113. Ithaca employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Ithaca, New York) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Ithaca 2,173 +57 +365

Number of Unemployed Persons

Ithaca, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Ithaca
Unemployment Rate
Ithaca
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 8.9%
January
2021
6.3% 8.8% 4.5% 2,173
December
2020
6.7% 8.7% 4.4% 2,116
November
2020
6.7% 8.7% 4.2% 2,060
October
2020
6.9% 8.7% 4.6% 2,227
September
2020
7.8% 10.0% 4.4% 2,164
August
2020
8.4% 11.7% 6.8% 3,519
July
2020
10.2% 14.7% 9.2% 4,763
June
2020
11.1% 15.0% 8.0% 4,032
May
2020
13.3% 15.7% 8.1% 4,003
April
2020
14.8% 16.2% 10.8% 5,137

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.