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 March 2021 to 7.7%. The state unemployment rate was 1.7 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in New Jersey peaked in April 2020 at 16.6% and is now 8.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 7.7% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see New Jersey unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.0% -0.2 +1.6
New Jersey 7.7% -0.1 +3.9

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

Unemployment Rate: New Jersey, National

New Jersey monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

New Jersey Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in New Jersey peaked in April 2020 at 742,322. There are now 403,721 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 335,441 in October 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,160. New Jersey job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
New Jersey 338,601 -3,185 +166,520

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in New Jersey from 1990 to March 2021

New Jersey Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New Jersey
Unemployment Rate
New Jersey
Unemployed
April 2021 6.1%
March 2021 6.0% 7.7% 338,601
February 2021 6.2% 7.8% 341,786
January 2021 6.3% 7.8% 343,736
December 2020 6.7% 7.7% 337,731
November 2020 6.7% 10.2% 458,438
October 2020 6.9% 7.7% 335,441
September 2020 7.8% 7.8% 341,289
August 2020 8.4% 11.0% 498,957
July 2020 10.2% 13.1% 603,541
June 2020 11.1% 16.3% 729,752
May 2020 13.3% 16.5% 738,165