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Syracuse, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Syracuse rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 6.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.6 percentage points lower than the New York rate. The unemployment rate in Syracuse peaked in April 2020 at 16.7% and is now 10.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.9% in November 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Syracuse unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
New York 8.9% +0.1 +5.0
Syracuse 6.3% +0.1 +2.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March 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 31,831 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 17,251 in November 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,555. Syracuse employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Syracuse, New York) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Syracuse 18,806 +106 +5,778

Number of Unemployed Persons

Syracuse, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Syracuse
Unemployment Rate
Syracuse
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 8.9% 6.3% 18,806
January
2021
6.3% 8.8% 6.2% 18,700
December
2020
6.7% 8.7% 6.4% 18,748
November
2020
6.7% 8.7% 5.9% 17,251
October
2020
6.9% 8.7% 6.7% 19,313
September
2020
7.8% 10.0% 6.6% 19,572
August
2020
8.4% 11.7% 10.2% 31,384
July
2020
10.2% 14.7% 13.4% 42,145
June
2020
11.1% 15.0% 12.3% 37,271
May
2020
13.3% 15.7% 12.3% 37,830
April
2020
14.8% 16.2% 16.7% 50,637

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.