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Watertown-Fort Drum, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Watertown fell 0.3 percentage points in February 2019 to 4.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points higher than the New York rate. The unemployment rate in Watertown peaked in February 2012 at 10.2% and is now 5.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Watertown unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
New York 3.9% 0.0 -0.6
Watertown 4.7% -0.3 -2.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Watertown, New York, National

Watertown, New York monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Watertown, New York Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Watertown peaked in February 2012 at 4,904. There are now 2,786 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Watertown 2,118 -138 -965

Number of Unemployed Persons

Watertown, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Watertown
Unemployment Rate
Watertown
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 4.0%
February
2019
3.8% 3.9% 4.7% 2,118
January
2019
4.0% 3.9% 5.0% 2,256
December
2018
3.9% 3.9% 5.0% 2,283
November
2018
3.7% 3.9% 4.9% 2,236
October
2018
3.8% 3.8% 5.1% 2,317
September
2018
3.7% 3.8% 5.4% 2,420
August
2018
3.8% 3.9% 5.7% 2,538
July
2018
3.9% 4.0% 5.7% 2,555
June
2018
4.0% 4.1% 5.8% 2,603
May
2018
3.8% 4.2% 5.9% 2,646
April
2018
3.9% 4.3% 6.5% 2,922

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.