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 2015 to 5.7%. 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 3.2 percentage points lower. You can also see New York unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% 0.0 -1.1
New York 5.7% -0.1 -0.9

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

Unemployment Rate: New York, National

New York monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 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 302,802 fewer people unemployed in the state. New York job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
New York 548,273 -5,788 -89,072

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployed
April 2015 5.4%
March 2015 5.5% 5.7% 548,273
February 2015 5.5% 5.8% 554,061
January 2015 5.7% 5.8% 553,893
December 2014 5.6% 5.8% 554,929
November 2014 5.8% 5.8% 557,448
October 2014 5.7% 5.9% 562,148
September 2014 5.9% 6.0% 568,081
August 2014 6.1% 6.0% 575,514
July 2014 6.2% 6.1% 585,874
June 2014 6.1% 6.3% 599,443
May 2014 6.3% 6.4% 614,004