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Syracuse, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Syracuse rose 1.1 percentage points in July 2020 to 13.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.5 percentage points lower than the New York rate. The unemployment rate in Syracuse peaked in April 2020 at 16.7% and is now 3.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 12.3% in May 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.1 percentage points. You can also compare Syracuse unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 10.2% -0.9 +6.5
New York 15.9% +0.3 +12.0
Syracuse 13.4% +1.1 +9.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2020 data as August 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 April 2020 at 50,637. There are now 8,349 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 37,271 in June 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 5,017. Syracuse employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Syracuse, New York) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Syracuse 42,288 +5,017 +29,287

Number of Unemployed Persons

Syracuse, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Syracuse
Unemployment Rate
Syracuse
Unemployed
August
2020
8.4% 12.5%
July
2020
10.2% 15.9% 13.4% 42,288
June
2020
11.1% 15.6% 12.3% 37,271
May
2020
13.3% 14.5% 12.3% 37,830
April
2020
14.7% 15.3% 16.7% 50,637
March
2020
4.4% 4.1% 4.6% 14,366
February
2020
3.5% 3.7% 4.2% 13,028
January
2020
3.6% 3.8% 4.3% 13,383
December
2019
3.5% 3.9% 4.5% 13,778
November
2019
3.5% 3.9% 4.4% 13,685
October
2019
3.6% 3.9% 4.4% 13,567
September
2019
3.5% 3.9% 4.4% 13,416

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.