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 March 2017 to 4.3%. 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 4.6 percentage points lower. You can also see New York unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.5% -0.2 -0.5
New York 4.3% -0.1 -0.5

Unemployment Rate: New York, National

New York monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 2017

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 442,002 fewer people unemployed in the state. New York job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
New York 409,073 -14,452 -52,254

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in New York from 1990 to March 2017

New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployed
March 2017 4.5% 4.3% 409,073
February 2017 4.7% 4.4% 423,525
January 2017 4.8% 4.6% 435,652
December 2016 4.7% 4.8% 456,692
November 2016 4.6% 4.9% 462,772
October 2016 4.8% 4.9% 467,406
September 2016 4.9% 4.9% 470,597
August 2016 4.9% 4.9% 471,098
July 2016 4.9% 4.9% 469,088
June 2016 4.9% 4.9% 465,148
May 2016 4.7% 4.8% 461,165
April 2016 5.0% 4.8% 459,684