Department of Numbers

New Jersey Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for New Jersey rose 0.1 percentage points in August 2016 to 5.3%. 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 October 2009 at 9.8% and is now 4.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.3% in February 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.0 percentage points. You can also see New Jersey unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate August 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% 0.0 -0.2
New Jersey 5.3% +0.1 0.0

Unemployment Rate: New Jersey, National

New Jersey monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to August 2016

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 202,878 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 198,367 in February 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 44,133. New Jersey job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
New Jersey 242,500 +3,995 +1,905

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in New Jersey from 1990 to August 2016

New Jersey Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New Jersey
Unemployment Rate
New Jersey
Unemployed
August 2016 4.9% 5.3% 242,500
July 2016 4.9% 5.2% 238,505
June 2016 4.9% 5.1% 232,499
May 2016 4.7% 4.9% 225,887
April 2016 5.0% 4.7% 213,869
March 2016 5.0% 4.4% 200,748
February 2016 4.9% 4.3% 198,367
January 2016 4.9% 4.5% 207,077
December 2015 5.0% 4.8% 220,049
November 2015 5.0% 4.9% 223,726
October 2015 5.0% 5.0% 228,746
September 2015 5.1% 5.2% 234,404