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 April 2022 to 4.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in New Jersey peaked in May 2020 at 15.8% and is now 11.7 percentage points lower. You can also see New Jersey unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
New Jersey 4.1% -0.1 -2.9

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

Unemployment Rate: New Jersey, National

New Jersey monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to April 2022

Note: Recessions shown in gray

New Jersey Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in New Jersey peaked in May 2020 at 724,973. There are now 534,489 fewer people unemployed in the state. New Jersey job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
New Jersey 190,484 -2,000 -135,229

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in New Jersey from 1990 to April 2022

New Jersey Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New Jersey
Unemployment Rate
New Jersey
Unemployed
May 2022 3.6%
April 2022 3.6% 4.1% 190,484
March 2022 3.6% 4.2% 192,484
February 2022 3.8% 4.6% 212,913
January 2022 4.0% 5.1% 238,299
December 2021 3.9% 5.1% 234,108
November 2021 4.2% 5.1% 237,029
October 2021 4.6% 5.5% 254,691
September 2021 4.7% 5.8% 271,162
August 2021 5.2% 6.5% 303,767
July 2021 5.4% 6.6% 309,348
June 2021 5.9% 7.1% 332,360