Department of Numbers

New Jersey Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for New Jersey fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2015 to 6.5%. The state unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in New Jersey peaked in October 2009 at 9.8% and is now 3.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.3% in November 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see New Jersey unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% +0.1 -0.8
New Jersey 6.5% 0.0 -0.1

Unemployment Rate: New Jersey, National

New Jersey monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2015

Note: Recessions shown in gray

New Jersey Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in New Jersey peaked in November 2009 at 445,378. There are now 148,234 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 284,729 in December 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 12,415. New Jersey job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
New Jersey 297,144 +163 -961

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in New Jersey from 1990 to May 2015

New Jersey Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New Jersey
Unemployment Rate
New Jersey
Unemployed
May 2015 5.5% 6.5% 297,144
April 2015 5.4% 6.5% 296,981
March 2015 5.5% 6.5% 295,130
February 2015 5.5% 6.4% 291,256
January 2015 5.7% 6.3% 287,304
December 2014 5.6% 6.3% 284,729
November 2014 5.8% 6.3% 286,365
October 2014 5.7% 6.4% 288,470
September 2014 5.9% 6.4% 290,289
August 2014 6.1% 6.4% 291,365
July 2014 6.2% 6.5% 292,340
June 2014 6.1% 6.5% 294,413