Department of Numbers

New Jersey Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for New Jersey rose 2.2 percentage points in November 2020 to 10.2%. The state unemployment rate was 3.5 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 6.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.7% in September 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 3.5 percentage points. You can also see New Jersey unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
New Jersey 10.2% +2.2 +6.5

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

Unemployment Rate: New Jersey, National

New Jersey monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to November 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 303,527 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 289,756 in September 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 172,889. New Jersey job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
New Jersey 462,645 +112,151 +294,477

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

New Jersey Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New Jersey
Unemployment Rate
New Jersey
Unemployed
December 2020 6.7%
November 2020 6.7% 10.2% 462,645
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
January 2020 3.5% 3.8% 172,261