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 September 2019 to 3.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in New Jersey peaked in November 2009 at 9.8% and is now 6.7 percentage points lower. You can also see New Jersey unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate September 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -0.2
New Jersey 3.1% -0.1 -0.8

Unemployment Rate: New Jersey, National

New Jersey monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to September 2019

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 305,033 fewer people unemployed in the state. New Jersey job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
New Jersey 140,754 -1,104 -31,680

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in New Jersey from 1990 to September 2019

New Jersey Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New Jersey
Unemployment Rate
New Jersey
Unemployed
September 2019 3.5% 3.1% 140,754
August 2019 3.7% 3.2% 141,858
July 2019 3.7% 3.3% 146,945
June 2019 3.7% 3.5% 156,473
May 2019 3.6% 3.8% 167,384
April 2019 3.6% 3.9% 174,694
March 2019 3.8% 4.1% 180,572
February 2019 3.8% 4.0% 179,312
January 2019 4.0% 4.0% 175,644
December 2018 3.9% 3.9% 172,758
November 2018 3.7% 3.9% 172,127
October 2018 3.8% 3.9% 171,389