Department of Numbers

New Jersey Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for New Jersey fell 2.6 percentage points in December 2020 to 7.6%. The state unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in New Jersey peaked in June 2020 at 16.8% and is now 9.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.7% in September 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.9 percentage points. You can also see New Jersey unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% 0.0 +3.1
New Jersey 7.6% -2.6 +3.9

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

Unemployment Rate: New Jersey, National

New Jersey monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

New Jersey Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in New Jersey peaked in June 2020 at 766,172. There are now 426,507 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 289,756 in September 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 49,909. New Jersey job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
New Jersey 339,665 -123,228 +171,961

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

New Jersey Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New Jersey
Unemployment Rate
New Jersey
Unemployed
January 2021 6.3%
December 2020 6.7% 7.6% 339,665
November 2020 6.7% 10.2% 462,893
October 2020 6.9% 8.0% 350,494
September 2020 7.8% 6.7% 289,756
August 2020 8.4% 11.1% 509,969
July 2020 10.2% 14.2% 651,366
June 2020 11.1% 16.8% 766,172
May 2020 13.3% 15.4% 695,717
April 2020 14.8% 16.3% 731,905
March 2020 4.4% 3.7% 168,368
February 2020 3.5% 3.8% 173,873