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 February 2014 to 7.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in New Jersey peaked in December 2009 at 9.7% and is now 2.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 7.1% in January 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see New Jersey unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% +0.1 -1.0
New Jersey 7.1% 0.0 -1.7

Note: All comparisons are made with February data as March state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: New Jersey, National

New Jersey monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to February 2014

Note: Recessions shown in gray

New Jersey Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in New Jersey peaked in February 2010 at 443,359. There are now 125,608 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 317,118 in January 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 633. New Jersey job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
New Jersey 317,751 +633 -84,847

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in New Jersey from 1990 to February 2014

New Jersey Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New Jersey
Unemployment Rate
New Jersey
Unemployed
March 2014 6.7%
February 2014 6.7% 7.1% 317,751
January 2014 6.6% 7.1% 317,118
December 2013 6.7% 7.2% 323,322
November 2013 7.0% 7.4% 333,438
October 2013 7.2% 7.7% 344,825
September 2013 7.2% 7.9% 356,483
August 2013 7.2% 8.1% 367,160
July 2013 7.3% 8.3% 374,971
June 2013 7.5% 8.4% 379,810
May 2013 7.5% 8.4% 383,887
April 2013 7.5% 8.5% 388,966
March 2013 7.5% 8.7% 395,524