Department of Numbers

New Jersey Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for New Jersey fell 0.3 percentage points in May 2021 to 7.2%. The state unemployment rate was 1.4 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in New Jersey peaked in April 2020 at 16.6% and is now 9.4 percentage points lower. You can also see New Jersey unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
New Jersey 7.2% -0.3 -9.3

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

Unemployment Rate: New Jersey, National

New Jersey monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

New Jersey Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in New Jersey peaked in April 2020 at 742,322. There are now 422,528 fewer people unemployed in the state. New Jersey job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
New Jersey 319,794 -12,308 -418,371

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in New Jersey from 1990 to May 2021

New Jersey Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New Jersey
Unemployment Rate
New Jersey
Unemployed
June 2021 5.9%
May 2021 5.8% 7.2% 319,794
April 2021 6.1% 7.5% 332,102
March 2021 6.0% 7.6% 336,146
February 2021 6.2% 7.8% 341,786
January 2021 6.3% 7.8% 343,736
December 2020 6.7% 7.7% 337,731
November 2020 6.7% 10.2% 458,438
October 2020 6.9% 7.7% 335,441
September 2020 7.8% 7.8% 341,289
August 2020 8.4% 11.0% 498,957
July 2020 10.2% 13.1% 603,541