Department of Numbers

New Jersey Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for New Jersey rose 0.1 percentage points in March 2019 to 4.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.3 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 5.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.9% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see New Jersey unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% 0.0 -0.2
New Jersey 4.1% +0.1 -0.3

Unemployment Rate: New Jersey, National

New Jersey monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 2019

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 265,150 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 171,389 in October 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 9,248. New Jersey job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
New Jersey 180,637 +1,325 -14,531

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in New Jersey from 1990 to March 2019

New Jersey Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New Jersey
Unemployment Rate
New Jersey
Unemployed
March 2019 3.8% 4.1% 180,637
February 2019 3.8% 4.0% 179,312
January 2019 4.0% 4.0% 175,644
December 2018 3.9% 3.9% 172,758
November 2018 3.7% 3.9% 172,127
October 2018 3.8% 3.9% 171,389
September 2018 3.7% 3.9% 172,434
August 2018 3.8% 4.0% 174,765
July 2018 3.9% 4.0% 178,120
June 2018 4.0% 4.1% 182,334
May 2018 3.8% 4.2% 186,671
April 2018 3.9% 4.3% 190,903