Department of Numbers

New Jersey Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for New Jersey fell 0.2 percentage points in December 2014 to 6.2%. The state unemployment rate was 0.6 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 3.5 percentage points lower. You can also see New Jersey unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
New Jersey 6.2% -0.2 -1.0

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

Unemployment Rate: New Jersey, National

New Jersey monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 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 158,785 fewer people unemployed in the state. New Jersey job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
New Jersey 284,574 -7,476 -38,748

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

New Jersey Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New Jersey
Unemployment Rate
New Jersey
Unemployed
January 2015 5.7%
December 2014 5.6% 6.2% 284,574
November 2014 5.8% 6.4% 292,050
October 2014 5.7% 6.6% 298,378
September 2014 5.9% 6.5% 294,522
August 2014 6.1% 6.6% 294,658
July 2014 6.2% 6.5% 293,725
June 2014 6.1% 6.6% 296,197
May 2014 6.3% 6.8% 306,961
April 2014 6.2% 6.9% 310,208
March 2014 6.6% 7.2% 321,191
February 2014 6.7% 7.1% 318,084