Department of Numbers

New York Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for New York fell 0.2 percentage points in December 2016 to 4.9%. 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 October 2009 at 8.9% and is now 4.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.7% in May 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see New York unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% +0.1 -0.3
New York 4.9% -0.2 -0.1

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 2016

Note: Recessions shown in gray

New York Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in New York peaked in November 2009 at 851,075. There are now 377,224 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 451,560 in June 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 22,291. New York job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
New York 473,851 -16,995 -6,952

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployed
January 2017 4.8%
December 2016 4.7% 4.9% 473,851
November 2016 4.6% 5.1% 490,846
October 2016 4.8% 5.2% 495,022
September 2016 4.9% 5.0% 480,960
August 2016 4.9% 4.8% 461,226
July 2016 4.9% 4.7% 452,400
June 2016 4.9% 4.7% 451,560
May 2016 4.7% 4.7% 461,748
April 2016 5.0% 4.9% 476,581
March 2016 5.0% 4.8% 475,328
February 2016 4.9% 4.8% 472,513