Department of Numbers

Watertown-Fort Drum, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Watertown rose 0.8 percentage points in July 2020 to 13.9%. 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 17.1% and is now 3.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 13.0% in May 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.9 percentage points. You can also compare Watertown 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
Watertown 13.9% +0.8 +8.2
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: 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 7,503. There are now 1,563 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,440 in June 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 500.

Unemployed Persons July 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Watertown 5,940 +500 +3,449

Number of Unemployed Persons

Watertown, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
Watertown
Unemployment Rate
Watertown
Unemployed
August
2020
8.4% 12.5%
July
2020
10.2% 15.9% 13.9% 5,940
June
2020
11.1% 15.6% 13.1% 5,440
May
2020
13.3% 14.5% 13.0% 5,546
April
2020
14.7% 15.3% 17.1% 7,503
March
2020
4.4% 4.1% 6.4% 2,873
February
2020
3.5% 3.7% 5.9% 2,621
January
2020
3.6% 3.8% 5.9% 2,630
December
2019
3.5% 3.9% 6.1% 2,698
November
2019
3.5% 3.9% 6.0% 2,668
October
2019
3.6% 3.9% 6.0% 2,632
September
2019
3.5% 3.9% 5.9% 2,591

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.