Department of Numbers

New York Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for New York fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2022 to 4.5%. The state unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in New York peaked in May 2020 at 16.5% and is now 12.0 percentage points lower. You can also see New York unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
New York 4.5% -0.1 -3.3

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

Unemployment Rate: New York, National

New York monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to April 2022

Note: Recessions shown in gray

New York Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in New York peaked in May 2020 at 1,566,803. There are now 1,142,984 fewer people unemployed in the state. New York job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
New York 423,819 -4,842 -320,857

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in New York from 1990 to April 2022

New York Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployment Rate
New York
Unemployed
May 2022 3.6%
April 2022 3.6% 4.5% 423,819
March 2022 3.6% 4.6% 428,661
February 2022 3.8% 4.9% 458,954
January 2022 4.0% 5.3% 498,661
December 2021 3.9% 5.4% 505,386
November 2021 4.2% 5.4% 509,581
October 2021 4.6% 5.7% 534,575
September 2021 4.7% 6.0% 567,650
August 2021 5.2% 6.6% 626,438
July 2021 5.4% 6.9% 654,953
June 2021 5.9% 7.4% 707,913