Department of Numbers

Watertown-Fort Drum, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Watertown fell 1.0 percentage points in November 2021 to 4.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.0 percentage points lower than the New York rate. The unemployment rate in Watertown peaked in April 2020 at 17.8% and is now 13.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Watertown unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
New York 6.6% -0.3 -2.1
Watertown 4.6% -1.0 -1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December 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 April 2020 at 7,490. There are now 5,464 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Watertown 2,026 -430 -454

Number of Unemployed Persons

Watertown, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Watertown
Unemployment Rate
Watertown
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 6.6% 4.6% 2,026
October
2021
4.6% 6.9% 5.6% 2,456
September
2021
4.7% 7.1% 5.7% 2,502
August
2021
5.2% 7.4% 5.9% 2,518
July
2021
5.4% 7.6% 5.8% 2,483
June
2021
5.9% 7.7% 5.6% 2,432
May
2021
5.8% 7.8% 5.5% 2,380
April
2021
6.0% 8.2% 5.4% 2,355
March
2021
6.0% 8.4% 5.4% 2,349
February
2021
6.2% 8.9% 5.3% 2,322
January
2021
6.4% 8.8% 5.2% 2,299

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.