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Syracuse, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Syracuse rose 0.1 percentage points in September 2019 to 4.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the New York rate. The unemployment rate in Syracuse peaked in March 2012 at 8.7% and is now 4.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.9% in February 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Syracuse unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -0.2
New York 3.9% -0.1 +0.1
Syracuse 4.1% +0.1 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2019 data as October metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Syracuse, New York, National

Syracuse, New York monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Syracuse, New York Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Syracuse peaked in May 2012 at 28,380. There are now 15,781 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 11,987 in June 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 612. Syracuse employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Syracuse, New York) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Syracuse 12,599 +223 +207

Number of Unemployed Persons

Syracuse, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Syracuse
Unemployment Rate
Syracuse
Unemployed
October
2019
3.6%
September
2019
3.5% 3.9% 4.1% 12,599
August
2019
3.7% 4.0% 4.0% 12,376
July
2019
3.7% 4.0% 3.9% 12,019
June
2019
3.7% 4.0% 3.9% 11,987
May
2019
3.6% 4.0% 3.9% 12,222
April
2019
3.6% 3.9% 3.9% 12,194
March
2019
3.8% 3.9% 3.9% 12,210
February
2019
3.8% 3.9% 3.9% 12,199
January
2019
4.0% 3.9% 4.0% 12,414
December
2018
3.9% 3.9% 4.1% 12,525
November
2018
3.7% 3.9% 4.0% 12,486

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.