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 October 2017 to 4.8%. The state unemployment rate was 0.7 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 4.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.3% in March 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also see New York unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% -0.1 -0.7
New York 4.8% -0.1 -0.1

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

Unemployment Rate: New York, National

New York monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 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 380,387 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 409,018 in March 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 61,670. New York job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
New York 470,688 -1,941 +3,282

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployed
November 2017 4.1%
October 2017 4.1% 4.8% 470,688
September 2017 4.2% 4.9% 472,629
August 2017 4.4% 4.8% 466,141
July 2017 4.3% 4.7% 452,949
June 2017 4.4% 4.5% 439,842
May 2017 4.3% 4.4% 428,259
April 2017 4.4% 4.3% 416,764
March 2017 4.5% 4.3% 409,018
February 2017 4.7% 4.4% 423,525
January 2017 4.8% 4.6% 435,652
December 2016 4.7% 4.8% 456,692