Department of Numbers

New York Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for New York fell 0.8 percentage points in November 2020 to 8.4%. The state unemployment rate was 1.7 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in New York peaked in July 2020 at 15.9% and is now 7.5 percentage points lower. You can also see New York unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
New York 8.4% -0.8 +4.5

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

Unemployment Rate: New York, National

New York monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to November 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

New York Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in New York peaked in July 2020 at 1,525,891. There are now 754,738 fewer people unemployed in the state. New York job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
New York 771,153 -64,472 +399,940

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployed
December 2020 6.7%
November 2020 6.7% 8.4% 771,153
October 2020 6.9% 9.2% 835,625
September 2020 7.8% 9.7% 886,306
August 2020 8.4% 12.5% 1,186,672
July 2020 10.2% 15.9% 1,525,891
June 2020 11.1% 15.6% 1,467,832
May 2020 13.3% 14.5% 1,318,631
April 2020 14.8% 15.3% 1,392,274
March 2020 4.4% 4.1% 388,738
February 2020 3.5% 3.7% 354,066
January 2020 3.5% 3.8% 364,511