Department of Numbers

New York Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for New York fell 0.0 percentage points in January 2019 to 3.9%. The state unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in New York peaked in November 2009 at 8.9% and is now 5.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.8% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see New York unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.0% +0.1 -0.1
New York 3.9% 0.0 -0.6

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

Unemployment Rate: New York, National

New York monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 2019

Note: Recessions shown in gray

New York Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in New York peaked in January 2010 at 851,309. There are now 473,872 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 368,668 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 8,769. New York job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
New York 377,437 +4,736 -55,096

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in New York from 1990 to January 2019

New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployed
February 2019 3.8%
January 2019 4.0% 3.9% 377,437
December 2018 3.9% 3.9% 372,701
November 2018 3.7% 3.9% 371,398
October 2018 3.8% 3.8% 368,874
September 2018 3.7% 3.8% 368,668
August 2018 3.8% 3.9% 371,520
July 2018 3.9% 4.0% 378,398
June 2018 4.0% 4.1% 388,861
May 2018 3.8% 4.2% 400,547
April 2018 3.9% 4.3% 411,497
March 2018 4.0% 4.4% 420,655