Department of Numbers

New Jersey Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for New Jersey fell 0.3 percentage points in December 2016 to 4.7%. The state unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in New Jersey peaked in October 2009 at 9.8% and is now 5.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.3% in February 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also see New Jersey unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% +0.1 -0.3
New Jersey 4.7% -0.3 -0.1

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 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 230,269 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 198,367 in February 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 16,742. New Jersey job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
New Jersey 215,109 -11,297 -4,940

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

New Jersey Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New Jersey
Unemployment Rate
New Jersey
Unemployed
January 2017 4.8%
December 2016 4.7% 4.7% 215,109
November 2016 4.6% 5.0% 226,406
October 2016 4.8% 5.3% 239,510
September 2016 4.9% 5.3% 243,335
August 2016 4.9% 5.3% 242,703
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