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 January 2017 to 4.6%. The state unemployment rate was 0.2 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 5.2 percentage points lower. You can also see New Jersey unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% +0.1 -0.1
New Jersey 4.6% -0.1 -0.4

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

Unemployment Rate: New Jersey, National

New Jersey monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 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 239,765 fewer people unemployed in the state. New Jersey job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
New Jersey 205,613 -6,888 -21,210

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

New Jersey Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New Jersey
Unemployment Rate
New Jersey
Unemployed
February 2017 4.7%
January 2017 4.8% 4.6% 205,613
December 2016 4.7% 4.7% 212,501
November 2016 4.6% 4.8% 215,405
October 2016 4.8% 4.8% 218,554
September 2016 4.9% 4.9% 221,938
August 2016 4.9% 5.0% 225,410
July 2016 4.9% 5.1% 228,815
June 2016 4.9% 5.1% 231,192
May 2016 4.7% 5.1% 231,749
April 2016 5.0% 5.1% 230,814
March 2016 5.0% 5.1% 229,136