Department of Numbers

New York Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for New York fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2014 to 5.8%. The state unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in New York peaked in December 2009 at 8.9% and is now 3.1 percentage points lower. You can also see New York unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
New York 5.8% -0.1 -1.2

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

Unemployment Rate: New York, National

New York monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 2014

Note: Recessions shown in gray

New York Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in New York peaked in January 2010 at 852,779. There are now 300,609 fewer people unemployed in the state. New York job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
New York 552,170 -7,452 -115,971

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in New York from 1990 to December 2014

New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployed
January 2015 5.7%
December 2014 5.6% 5.8% 552,170
November 2014 5.8% 5.9% 559,622
October 2014 5.7% 6.0% 572,339
September 2014 5.9% 6.2% 586,351
August 2014 6.1% 6.4% 614,040
July 2014 6.2% 6.6% 631,278
June 2014 6.1% 6.6% 634,507
May 2014 6.3% 6.7% 641,468
April 2014 6.2% 6.7% 642,676
March 2014 6.6% 6.9% 662,894
February 2014 6.7% 6.8% 655,670