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New York-Newark-Jersey City, New York Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for New York fell 0.2 percentage points in December 2017 to 4.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the New York rate. The unemployment rate in New York peaked in October 2009 at 9.3% and is now 4.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in March 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare New York unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
New York 4.6% -0.1 -0.2
New York 4.4% -0.2 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2017 data as January metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: New York, New York, National

New York, New York monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

New York, New York Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in New York peaked in October 2009 at 905,093. There are now 467,355 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 405,767 in March 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 31,971. New York employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in New York, New York) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
New York 437,738 -26,194 -9,380

Number of Unemployed Persons

New York, New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployed
January
2018
4.1%
December
2017
4.1% 4.6% 4.4% 437,738
November
2017
4.1% 4.7% 4.6% 463,932
October
2017
4.1% 4.8% 4.7% 479,572
September
2017
4.2% 4.9% 4.8% 483,666
August
2017
4.4% 4.8% 4.6% 467,988
July
2017
4.3% 4.7% 4.3% 439,110
June
2017
4.3% 4.5% 4.3% 429,236
May
2017
4.3% 4.4% 4.3% 432,029
April
2017
4.4% 4.3% 4.2% 420,504
March
2017
4.5% 4.3% 4.0% 405,767
February
2017
4.7% 4.4% 4.3% 426,433

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.