Department of Numbers

New Jersey Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for New Jersey fell 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 4.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in New Jersey peaked in November 2009 at 9.8% and is now 5.7 percentage points lower. You can also see New Jersey unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
New Jersey 4.1% -0.1 -0.6

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

Unemployment Rate: New Jersey, National

New Jersey monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 2018

Note: Recessions shown in gray

New Jersey Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in New Jersey peaked in December 2009 at 445,787. There are now 261,745 fewer people unemployed in the state. New Jersey job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
New Jersey 184,042 -2,990 -30,222

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in New Jersey from 1990 to October 2018

New Jersey Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New Jersey
Unemployment Rate
New Jersey
Unemployed
November 2018 3.7%
October 2018 3.7% 4.1% 184,042
September 2018 3.7% 4.2% 187,032
August 2018 3.9% 4.2% 188,301
July 2018 3.9% 4.2% 189,661
June 2018 4.0% 4.3% 191,754
May 2018 3.8% 4.4% 195,506
April 2018 3.9% 4.5% 203,361
March 2018 4.1% 4.6% 207,118
February 2018 4.1% 4.6% 209,450
January 2018 4.1% 4.7% 211,769
December 2017 4.1% 4.7% 213,490