Department of Numbers

New Jersey Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for New Jersey rose 0.2 percentage points in October 2017 to 4.9%. The state unemployment rate was 0.8 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 4.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in April 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also see New Jersey unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% -0.1 -0.7
New Jersey 4.9% +0.2 +0.1

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

Unemployment Rate: New Jersey, National

New Jersey monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 2017

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 224,504 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 185,010 in May 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 35,864. New Jersey job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
New Jersey 220,874 +7,881 +2,320

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in New Jersey from 1990 to October 2017

New Jersey Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New Jersey
Unemployment Rate
New Jersey
Unemployed
November 2017 4.1%
October 2017 4.1% 4.9% 220,874
September 2017 4.2% 4.7% 212,993
August 2017 4.4% 4.5% 201,813
July 2017 4.3% 4.2% 189,872
June 2017 4.4% 4.1% 186,785
May 2017 4.3% 4.1% 185,010
April 2017 4.4% 4.1% 185,218
March 2017 4.5% 4.2% 190,809
February 2017 4.7% 4.5% 201,815
January 2017 4.8% 4.6% 205,778
December 2016 4.7% 4.7% 212,501