Department of Numbers

New Jersey Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for New Jersey fell 0.1 percentage points in September 2014 to 6.5%. 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 3.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.5% in July 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 September 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.9% -0.2 -1.3
New Jersey 6.5% -0.1 -1.4

Unemployment Rate: New Jersey, National

New Jersey monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to September 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 148,966 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 293,725 in July 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 668. New Jersey job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
New Jersey 294,393 -265 -62,090

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

New Jersey Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New Jersey
Unemployment Rate
New Jersey
Unemployed
September 2014 5.9% 6.5% 294,393
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 6.3% 6.9% 310,208
March 2014 6.7% 7.2% 321,191
February 2014 6.7% 7.1% 318,084
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