Department of Numbers

New York Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for New York fell 0.0 percentage points in December 2015 to 4.8%. The state unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in New York peaked in October 2009 at 8.9% and is now 4.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.8% in October 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see New York unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
New York 4.8% 0.0 -1.0

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 2015

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 380,443 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 465,552 in November 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 5,080. New York job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
New York 470,632 +5,080 -84,297

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployed
January 2016 4.9%
December 2015 5.0% 4.8% 470,632
November 2015 5.0% 4.8% 465,552
October 2015 5.0% 4.8% 466,000
September 2015 5.1% 5.1% 486,111
August 2015 5.1% 5.2% 501,724
July 2015 5.3% 5.4% 518,850
June 2015 5.3% 5.5% 537,377
May 2015 5.5% 5.7% 551,832
April 2015 5.4% 5.7% 552,358
March 2015 5.5% 5.7% 548,178
February 2015 5.5% 5.8% 554,061