Department of Numbers

New Jersey Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for New Jersey fell 0.7 percentage points in September 2022 to 3.3%. The state unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in New Jersey peaked in May 2020 at 15.8% and is now 12.5 percentage points lower. You can also see New Jersey unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
New Jersey 3.3% -0.7 -2.5

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

Unemployment Rate: New Jersey, National

New Jersey monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to September 2022

Note: Recessions shown in gray

New Jersey Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in New Jersey peaked in May 2020 at 724,973. There are now 570,687 fewer people unemployed in the state. New Jersey job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
New Jersey 154,286 -33,935 -116,876

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in New Jersey from 1990 to September 2022

New Jersey Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New Jersey
Unemployment Rate
New Jersey
Unemployed
October 2022 3.7%
September 2022 3.5% 3.3% 154,286
August 2022 3.7% 4.0% 188,221
July 2022 3.5% 3.7% 172,113
June 2022 3.6% 3.9% 179,923
May 2022 3.6% 3.9% 181,377
April 2022 3.6% 4.1% 189,419
March 2022 3.6% 4.2% 192,484
February 2022 3.8% 4.6% 212,913
January 2022 4.0% 5.1% 238,299
December 2021 3.9% 5.1% 234,108
November 2021 4.2% 5.1% 237,029