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 May 2016 to 4.7%. The state unemployment rate was 0.0 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 4.2 percentage points lower. You can also see New York unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.3 -0.8
New York 4.7% -0.2 -0.7

Unemployment Rate: New York, National

New York monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 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 389,264 fewer people unemployed in the state. New York job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
New York 461,811 -14,770 -58,417

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployed
May 2016 4.7% 4.7% 461,811
April 2016 5.0% 4.9% 476,581
March 2016 5.0% 4.8% 475,328
February 2016 4.9% 4.8% 472,513
January 2016 4.9% 4.9% 479,279
December 2015 5.0% 5.0% 480,803
November 2015 5.0% 4.9% 479,316
October 2015 5.0% 4.9% 479,679
September 2015 5.1% 5.0% 481,667
August 2015 5.1% 5.0% 486,567
July 2015 5.3% 5.1% 495,362
June 2015 5.3% 5.2% 507,402