Department of Numbers

Watertown-Fort Drum, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Watertown fell 0.0 percentage points in April 2019 to 5.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points higher than the New York rate. The unemployment rate in Watertown peaked in January 2012 at 10.1% and is now 5.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.0% in February 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Watertown unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% -0.2 -0.3
New York 3.9% 0.0 -0.4
Watertown 5.0% 0.0 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2019 data as May 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 2012 at 4,894. There are now 2,667 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons April 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Watertown 2,227 -8 -399

Number of Unemployed Persons

Watertown, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Watertown
Unemployment Rate
Watertown
Unemployed
May
2019
3.6%
April
2019
3.6% 3.9% 5.0% 2,227
March
2019
3.8% 3.9% 5.0% 2,235
February
2019
3.8% 3.9% 5.0% 2,261
January
2019
4.0% 3.9% 5.2% 2,316
December
2018
3.9% 3.9% 5.2% 2,344
November
2018
3.7% 3.9% 5.2% 2,337
October
2018
3.8% 3.8% 5.2% 2,331
September
2018
3.7% 3.8% 5.3% 2,347
August
2018
3.8% 3.9% 5.3% 2,377
July
2018
3.9% 4.0% 5.5% 2,421
June
2018
4.0% 4.1% 5.6% 2,480

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.