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 May 2018 to 4.4%. The state unemployment rate was 0.6 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 5.4 percentage points lower. You can also see New Jersey unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
New Jersey 4.4% -0.1 -0.1

Unemployment Rate: New Jersey, National

New Jersey monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 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 250,284 fewer people unemployed in the state. New Jersey job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
New Jersey 195,503 -7,858 -8,363

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

New Jersey Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New Jersey
Unemployment Rate
New Jersey
Unemployed
May 2018 3.8% 4.4% 195,503
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
November 2017 4.1% 4.7% 213,938
October 2017 4.1% 4.7% 214,264
September 2017 4.2% 4.7% 213,553
August 2017 4.4% 4.7% 211,792
July 2017 4.3% 4.6% 209,048
June 2017 4.3% 4.6% 205,991