Department of Numbers

New Jersey Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for New Jersey rose 1.2 percentage points in June 2020 to 16.6%. The state unemployment rate was 5.5 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate for New Jersey in June 2020 is at a new high. You can also see New Jersey unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate June 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 11.1% -2.2 +7.4
New Jersey 16.6% +1.2 +13.3

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

Unemployment Rate: New Jersey, National

New Jersey monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to June 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

New Jersey Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in New Jersey in June 2020 is at a new high of 751,324. New Jersey job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons June 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
New Jersey 751,324 +55,607 +605,051

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in New Jersey from 1990 to June 2020

New Jersey Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New Jersey
Unemployment Rate
New Jersey
Unemployed
July 2020 10.2%
June 2020 11.1% 16.6% 751,324
May 2020 13.3% 15.4% 695,717
April 2020 14.7% 16.3% 731,905
March 2020 4.4% 3.7% 168,368
February 2020 3.5% 3.8% 173,873
January 2020 3.6% 3.8% 172,261
December 2019 3.5% 3.7% 167,704
November 2019 3.5% 3.7% 168,168
October 2019 3.6% 3.7% 167,107
September 2019 3.5% 3.6% 161,982
August 2019 3.7% 3.5% 155,492