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 2015 to 5.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.1 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 4.7 percentage points lower. You can also see New Jersey unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
New Jersey 5.1% -0.3 -1.2

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 2015

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 210,276 fewer people unemployed in the state. New Jersey job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
New Jersey 235,102 -8,040 -49,627

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in New Jersey from 1990 to December 2015

New Jersey Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New Jersey
Unemployment Rate
New Jersey
Unemployed
January 2016 4.9%
December 2015 5.0% 5.1% 235,102
November 2015 5.0% 5.4% 243,142
October 2015 5.0% 5.4% 243,751
September 2015 5.1% 5.6% 251,383
August 2015 5.1% 5.7% 257,932
July 2015 5.3% 5.9% 267,477
June 2015 5.3% 6.1% 278,375
May 2015 5.5% 6.5% 297,219
April 2015 5.4% 6.5% 296,981
March 2015 5.5% 6.5% 295,130
February 2015 5.5% 6.4% 291,256